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       Life of Pi, p.32

           Yann Martel
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  ISBN 978 1 84195 828 6



  Gripping from the first page, this immense novel is an intoxicating and deeply satisfying read. Faber's most ambitious fictional creation yet, it affirms his position as one of the most talented and brilliant writers working in the UK.

  Sugar, an alluring, nineteen-year-old whore in the brothel of the terrifying Mrs Castaway, yearns for a better life. Her ascent through the strata of 1870s London society offers us intimacy with a host of loveable, maddening and superbly realised characters. At the heart of this panoramic, multi-layered narrative is the compelling struggle of a young woman to lift herself body and soul out of the gutter.

  The Crimson Petal and the White is a big, juicy, must-read of a novel that will delight, enthral, provoke and entertain young and old, male and female.

  'When a book is big it had better be good - this one is. Dive in. Enjoy!' Alice Sebold, author of The Lovely Bones 'The most enjoyable novel I've read all year.' Independent on Sunday

  'Unputdownable ... a heady and intoxicating mixture of affection, respect and scabrous resistance.' The Times 'Irresistibly readable.' Ruth Rendell


  ISBN 978 1 84195 431 8



  Longlisted for the 2005 Man Booker Prize

  Deepest Siberia, 1919. Deep in the unforgiving landscape a town lies under the military rule of a Kurtz-like commander, awaiting the remorseless assault of Bolsheviks along the Trans-Siberian railway. A shunned Christian community, the townspeople remain committed to practising their esoteric religion.

  Then Samarin arrives, appearing from the woods with tales of escape from Russia's northernmost prison camp and of pursuit by a cannibal known only as 'The Mohican'. Anna, a beautiful young widow, feels something for the new arrival. Then the local shaman is found dead, and suspicion and terror engulf the little town.

  'The best and most original book I have read for years.' Louis de Bernieres 'Spellbinding. Though set in the past, this feels like the most contemporary fiction you'll ever read ... A truly great read.' Irvine Welsh 'A quite extraordinary novel ... the language is so fresh and crisp and sparkling. And what a narrative! What a story!' Philip Pullman PS7.99

  ISBN 978 1 84195 706 7

  Yann Martel was born in 1963 and lives in the Canadian prairie province of Saskatchewan. Life of Pi, his second novel, was published to international acclaim in over forty countries and won the 2002 Man Booker Prize. He is presently working on a novel and an essay, both on the murder of the Jews of Europe at the hands of the Nazis.


  First published in Great Britain in 2002

  by Canongate Books Ltd,

  14 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1TE

  This digital edition first published in 2008

  by Canongate Books Ltd

  Originally published in Canada by Alfred A. Knopf,

  a division of Random House Canada

  Copyright (c) Yann Martel, 2001

  Reading Group Guide copyright (c) Harcourt Trade Publishers, 2002

  Reading Group Guide material reprinted with kind permission of Harcourt Books The moral rights of the author have been asserted British Library Cataloguing—in-Publication Data

  A catalogue record for this book is available on

  request from the British Library

  ISBN 978 1 84767 421 0



  Yann Martel, Life of Pi

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