I have no idea what to say about this book. I have no idea what it is all about. But I suppose I should make some sort of an effort. The Islanders is not really a story, it is a travel guide. A guidebook to the Dream Archipelego, and of course I haven’t yet read the book of that name,Read more
In the Archives
Christopher Priest (born July 14, 1943 in Cheadle, near Stockport, Greater Manchester) is an English novelist, whose notable works include Fugue for a Darkening Island (US title Darkening Island), Inverted World, The Affirmation, The Glamour, The Prestige and The Separation.
In 1983, Priest was one of the twenty Granta Best of Young British Novelists. He is married to the writer Leigh Kennedy and lives in Hastings with their twin children. He was previously married to the writer Lisa Tuttle.
Many of his works could be classified as science fiction. Priest’s work often features unreliable narrators, and thereby raises questions about narrative, truth, and the nature of memory and reality.
Peter Sinclair is 29, and, following his girlfriend’s attempted suicide he runs away from London, to the countryside. There he is supposed to be redecorating and doing up a family friend’s cottage in return for being allowed to stay there. But he gets distracted and begins to write his autobiography. In the course of writing this he discovers that theRead more
ISBN: 9780575081154 See also: Grumpy Old Bookman ; Singling out the duplications ; Guardian Review ; Excessive Candour ; Sandstorm Reviews Jack and Joe are identical twins. Medal winners in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, their lives diverge down different paths. One joins the RAF and flies bombing runs during World War II, the other is a pacifist and aRead more
It began on a train, heading north through England, although I was soon to discover that the story had really begun more than a hundred years earlier.
The Prestige is a book that covers three different generations of two families, told by a number of different narrators, all in the first person, as they tell their stories in their diaries. Those of you who have seen the film version will be aware that the prestige of the title is the payoff to a magic trick. What you might not know is that this term was invented by Priest but has since come into common usage among practising magicians.Read more
ISBN: 0575075783 Christopher Priest.co.uk ; The Universal Library ; Her name is Teresa Ann Gravatt and she is seven years old: She has a mirror through which she can see into another world. There were two reasons I picked this up at the shop. First of all I recognised the name Christopher Priest from the film The Prestige and secondRead more
I did like the film, but I couldn’t help feeling a little disappointed in it.Read more