WISDOM OF CROCODILES_ THE

WISDOM OF CROCODILES_ THE

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When Steven Grlscz saves a young woman from throwing herself in front of a train he finds himself consumed by a love affair which transforms her from a suicidal, angry anorexic into a happy and beautiful young woman. Then she vanishes without trace. Across the Thames on the morning George Winnicott, former head of the Anti-Terrorist Squad, is to begin his new job in charge of the City of London's most powerful anti-fraud body, he wakes from a nightmare screaming that he knows the meaning of life. Later that day, a huge bomb explodes in the centre of London. How are these events linked? What connects modern economics, a new take on the vampire concept, parachuting, pornography, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, financial fraud, terrorism, aliens, artificial intelligence, the meaning of life and the hardest crossword clue in the world? 13 years in the writing, this is a novel that engages with the way the modern world works - and in admitting that contemporary life is complex, impenetrable and often terrifying, it also asserts that there are ways to see the patterns emerging from the chaos.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 608 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 34mm | 399.17g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552770825
  • 9780552770828
  • 607,980

Review quote

"'The only writer, English or American, with the guts to take on the modern world in all its terrifying complexity'" The Week "'This is fiction on a grand and ambitious scale...inspires sensations of terror, nausea, bemusement and exhilaration'" Daily Telegraphshow more

About Paul Hoffman

Paul Hoffman is a screenwriter. He used to be one of the senior censors at the British Board of Film Classification and was responsible for replacing the butter in Last Tango in Paris. He is the author of The Wisdom of Crocodiles, available in Black Swan paperback.show more

Review Text

"'This is fiction on a grand and ambitious scale...inspires sensations of terror, nausea, bemusement and exhilaration'"show more

Back cover copy

When Steven Grlscz saves a young woman from throwing herself in front of a train he finds himself consumed by a love affair which transforms her from a suicidal, angry anorexic into a happy and beautiful young woman. Then she vanishes without trace. Across the Thames on the morning George Winnicott, former head of the Anti-Terrorist Squad, is to begin his new job in charge of the City of London's most powerful anti-fraud body, he wakes from a nightmare screaming that he knows the meaning of life. Later that day, a huge bomb explodes in the centre of London. How are these events linked? What connects modern economics, a new take on the vampire concept, parachuting, pornography, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, financial fraud, terrorism, aliens, artificial intelligence, the meaning of life and the hardest crossword clue in the world? 13 years in the writing, this is a novel that engages with the way the modern world works - and in admitting that contemporary life is complex, impenetrable and often terrifying, it also asserts that there are ways to see the patterns emerging from the chaos. 'Brilliant...utterly intoxicating...Hoffman has set himself an awesome task, nothing less than a general theory of everything' Independent on Sundayshow more

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125 ratings
3.46 out of 5 stars
5 21% (26)
4 34% (43)
3 26% (32)
2 9% (11)
1 10% (13)
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