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The Weight of Numbers By Simon Ings

The Weight of Numbers by Simon Ings

Condition - Very Good
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Winner of the O2 X Award

'A new Heart of Darkness... it is unlikely that there will be a finer written fiction this year' Guardian
'A shimmering tapestry, a truly networked work of fiction.' Dally Telegraph

The Weight of Numbers Summary

The Weight of Numbers by Simon Ings

Winner of the O2 X Award

'Dynamic'-- Daily Telegraph
'Dazzling'-- Guardian
'Ambitious and virtuoso'-- Financial Times
'Unforgettable'-- The Times
'Ingenious... shimmering'-- New Statesman

On July 21, 1969 two astronauts set foot on the moon; far below, in ravaged Mozambique, a young revolutionary - hailed as the saviour of his country - is murdered by a package bomb.

From these two unconnected events, Simon Ings weaves a great and glittering web that entangles four lives: Anthony Burden, a mathematical genius destroyed by the beauty of numbers; Saul Cogan, transformed from prankster idealist to trafficker in the poor and dispossessed; and Stacey Chavez, ex-teenage celebrity and mediocre performance artist, hungry for fame and starved of love. All are haunted by Nick Jinks, a man who sows disaster wherever he treads.

As the twentieth century unravels, Burden, Cogan, Chavez and Jinks are powerless to escape the connections that bind them. This is not fate, but its opposite: the weight of numbers.

The Weight of Numbers Reviews

Dazzling, admirable narrative verve... It is unlikely there will be a finer written fiction this year * Guardian *
An ambitious, exciting novel.. unforgettable' * The Times *
A dynamic, innovative, and compelling book that brings into focus some of the most interesting trends in contemporary fiction * Daily Telegraph *
Simon Ings' ambitiously genre-defying novel is a virtuoso display of imaginative plotting * Financial Times *
Ings weaves an ingenious, shimmering web of contiguity and chance... a feat of meticulous plotting. * New Statesman *
One of the most exciting - and relevant - books of the last year. Booker material, for sure. * Arena *
A deceptively readable, dizzyingly constructed novel... Ing's mad, mad world is held together to the very last page by humour, vivid depictions and a deeply compelling emotional core * Publishers Weekly STARRED review *

About Simon Ings

Simon Ings is a novelist (Dead Water, 2011) and science writer (The Eye, 2007). He lives in South London.

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The Weight of Numbers by Simon Ings
Used - Very Good
Atlantic Books
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This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us

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