A dazzling modern fable of a woman who yearns to fly, from one of the most distinctive voices in modern British fiction – hailed in the Times Literary Supplement as ‘Grittier than Carey and wittier than McEwan’.
Mick Rose runs a fast – and sometimes illegal – courier service to the genetics industry. Money is plentiful, and life with his young lover Isobel Avens is all he ever wanted. But Isobel is dissatisfied. Beautiful, she wants to be more beautiful; earthbound, she dreams of flying. And when she takes a new DNA-based genetic treatment, Mick finds out more than he wants to know about Isobel – and the goods his firm has been carrying all these years.
M. John Harrison has been hailed as one of Britain’s most original novelists, viewing the modern world through sharp, unforgiving eyes. In Signs of Life he has created his most captivating novel yet, a dark, unsettling, heart-rending tale of a future that is nearly upon us and of dreams that will always be distant.
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‘Imagine Reservoir Dogs scripted by Alan Bennett and you will have some idea of the flavour… superbly realized.’
‘Remarkable… Signs of Life is a glorious hybrid, mixing elements of science fiction and literary art into a striking fable that reads like little else currently on bookshop shelves. His dystopian view of a Britain running riot with unregulated biotechnology is truly frightening.’
‘Brilliantly sustained. If you’ve never discovered M. John Harrison, now’s your chance. Far too long the most underrated writer of his generation, he’s one of the best we’ve got.’
‘Like all good literature, Harrison’s stories are worth reading again and again; the more you read, the more you understand.’
A literary novel of the highest order, a vivid, unblinking look at life and love in the 80s from a hugely influential and talented author
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Canad, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 6546048