In a semi-tropical London, surrounded by paddy-fields, the people feed off the sun like plants, the young are raised in Child Gardens and educated by viruses, and the Consensus oversees the country, 'treating' non-conformism. Information, culture, law and politics are biological functions.
But Milena is different: she is resistant to viruses and an incredible musician, one of the most extraordinary women of her age. This is her story and that of her friends, like Lucy the immortal tumour and Joseph the Postman whose mind is an information storehouse for others, and Rolfa, genetically engineered as a Polar Bear, whose beautiful singing voice first awakens Milena to the power of music.
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'Angela Carter meets Derek Jarman's Jubilee in a Max Ernst landscape. Excellent' Time OutFrom the Back Cover:
In a semi-tropical London, surrounded by paddy-fields, the people photosynthesise. The Consensus, a vast DNA unit, oversees the country. The young are raised in Child Gardens and educated by viruses which control their behaviour. Nonconformism is ‘treated’. Information, culture, law and politics are now biological functions.
This is the story of Lucy, the immortal tumour, Joseph the Postman, whose mind is an information storehouse for others, and Milena an incredible musician, who has a secret, lost even to herself. Milena is resistant to viruses. It will make her one of the most extraordianry women of her age. Her secret is hidden somewhere – in the Child Garden.
“Remarkable … extraordinarily grotesquely convincing”
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“Ryman describes a decayed, over-populated London of magic and squalor and high science; if you read one novel this year, it should be this one”
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“The rich texture of language and imagery are beautiful … Angela Carter meets Jarman’s ‘Jubilee’ in a Max Ernst landscape. Excellent.”
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 1990. Paperback. Book Condition: Used; Very Good. Dispatched, from the UK, within 48 hours of ordering. Though second-hand, the book is still in very good shape. Minimal signs of usage may include very minor creasing on the cover or on the spine. Bookseller Inventory # CHL1527493
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Book Description Unwin Paperbacks, 1989. Paperback. A very good to fine paperback. Light edge wear. Bookseller Inventory # 5Z2660
Book Description Unwin, London, 1989. Softcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. A Good Read ships from Toronto and Niagara Falls, NY - customers outside of North America please allow two to three weeks for delivery. ; Rubbing on edges of wrapper, light tanning to text.; 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 46134
Book Description Unwin Hyman, 1990. Paperback. Book Condition: very good paperback, 1st printing. In a semi-tropical London, surrounded by paddy-fields, the people feed off the sun, like plants, the young are raised in Child Gardens and educated by viruses. Bookseller Inventory # FS14.100
Book Description Book Condition: Good. Crease to spine. Minor wear to cover edges. Tanning to page edges. Bookseller Inventory # T027890