win prizes
Search our site
Persons Unknown by Susie Steiner Read the opening extract of the brand new Susie Steiner book before its publication on 05/04/2018

Lexicon by Max Barry

Sarah Broadhurst's view...

A man wakes up on the floor of a toilet cubicle to find two people trying to stick a needle in his eye, and that is one of the least weird things that happens to him as a fast and terrible hunt unfolds around him. Guns, car chases, mystery and intrigue capped by the strange magic of persuasion and the power of words. Parallel to this runs the story of a girl chosen to attend a special school and develop her extraordinary powers of persuasion. Only cheating can get her to the top. And in the middle of the Australian desert is a town full of corpses, claiming the minds and lives of all who enter. This is a phenomenal book, a rare gem, truly amazing and surprising. All you could want from a thriller liberally seasoned with philosophy and psychology. Clever, quick-paced, multi-faceted, a great read.

Who is Sarah Broadhurst


Lexicon by Max Barry

Sticks and stones break bones. Words kill. They recruited Emily from the streets. They said it was because she's good with words. They'll live to regret it. Wil survived something he shouldn't have. But he doesn't remember it. Now they're after him and he doesn't know why. There's a word, they say. It shouldn't have got out. But it did. And they want it back...Find out why in one of the most mind-bending, page-turning, thrilling novels you'll ever read.


Brilliantly realised... strikingly relevant... a resounding success - SFX

Best thing I've read in a long, long time... a masterpiece -- Hugh Howey, bestselling author of Wool

Wonderfully crafted, dark yet humourous, fast-paced and tragic in turn National An extraordinarily fast, funny, cerebral thriller -- Lev Grossman

About the Author

Max Barry is the author of four previous novels, including New York Times Notable Book Jennifer Government and Syrup, soon to be a major film. He is also the creator of the internet mini-phenomenon NationStates, an online political simulation game. He lives in Melbourne, Australia, with his wife and two daughters. He is a cat person. Visit Max Barry's website at, find him at or follow him on

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading similar books...
Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

10th April 2014


Max Barry

More books by Max Barry
Author 'Like for Like'

Author's Website
Loading twitter updates...


Mulholland Books an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division


400 pages


Science Fiction
eBook Favourites

Science fiction
Thriller / suspense



I love Lovereading for the wonderful like for like author recommendations and for highlighting new books, it's a great resource for readers!


Lovereading - a community of people passionate about reading and sharing their views. An incomparable website for book lovers.

Helen Clark

I love Lovereading because of its ability to connect people that love books & unite them in a friendly, stimulating & interesting community.

Megan Olwen William

Lovereading is not only an amazing site, but it's one of my very favourites. It's like visiting a fascinating bookstore, but better.

Rebecca Jayne Barrett

Lovereading recommends, honestly reviews and promotes books-what more can I say?!

Rachel Bridgeman

I love the 'like for like' author recommendations, it's like an old friend whispering in your ear.

Emma Caddick

The books for review are always great reads, brilliantly written, and introduces me to a huge variety of, established and new, authors.

Lesley Hart

I recommend Lovereading because you get honest reviews on a whole range of genres-there's something for everyone. It's the only site I need.

Sian Spinney