"Early nineteenth-century France had Balzac, we have Tim Pears" - "The Times". For John, a potato isn't just a staple food, it's also something wondrous, the secret of his success and the key to the future. With his brother, Greg, he has turned his father's greengrocery business into Spudnik, Britain's largest dealer in potatoes. Now he wants to change the world by introducing, through potatoes, edible vaccines: plants genetically modified to provide an edible alternative to injections. But as John spins round and round the ring road avoiding his turn off to work he has to figure out how to tell his brother that deep in the Venezuelan jungle, volunteers have died during the latest illegal trials. Deaths that they have to find some way to hide. "Wake Up" is a book about our times, and how we are hurtling, almost silently, into a new age with implications that are unfathomable. Funny, fluent, and provocative, it is major new novel from one of our finest contemporary writers.
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- Hardback | 240 pages
- 153 x 234mm | 540g
- 19 Aug 2002
- Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- London, United Kingdom
About Tim Pears
Tim Pears was born in 1956. He is the author of three novels: IN THE PLACE OF FALLEN LEAVES (winner of the Hawthornden Prize for Literature and the Ruth Hadden Award), IN A LAND OF PLENTY and A REVOLUTION OF THE SUN. Tim Pears lives in Wales and Oxford.
'Early nineteenth-century France had Balzac, we have Tim Pears' - The Times 'Tim Pears specialises in grand panoramas of our national life: teeming casts and multi-tracked plotting heavy with the scent of zeitgeist' - Guardian 'His genius lies in telling a story' - Daily Telegraph