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The Olive Readers by Christine Aziz
  

The Olive Readers

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If you want a beautifully written prize-winning novel whilst at the same time a look into the future from an exciting debut novelist then this is the one for you. Itâs a world, almost too terrible to contemplate and yet it carries you along almost like a drug. Itâs imaginative, itâs gripping and at times quite breathtaking. If you as a reader want to be challenged then look no further.

If you like Christine Aziz you might also like to read books by Patricia Schonstein and Sam Taylor.

Synopsis

The Olive Readers by Christine Aziz

I cannot recall the exact moment when I decided to become a Reader. This is unusual for me, as I am always precise about beginnings...

Imagine a future without a past, a time without memory, a state in which nationality, ancestry, tradition, language, history have no place. Governing this world is a hyper-organised system of corporations - and those who dare to dissent disappear. But somewhere a clandestine group is operating to preserve the past...

In the Olive producing region of Olea, the Readers are smuggling and storing books in a secret library hidden away in the house of Jephzat and her family. When her sister disappears under suspicious circumstances, and her parents are hastily relocated by the Company, Jephzat is ordered to remain in the house, unaware of the organization operating from its hidden room. Alone and facing the suspicion and hostility of the villagers, she falls in love with Homer, an olive picker she once rescued from the hands of Company Commissioners - and a long-time member of the Readers.

As Homer introduces her to the library, and her hunger for knowledge grows, so do her questions, and soon she finds herself closely involved not only in the recovery and preservation of books, but in a secret plan which endangers Jephzat herself...

About the Author

Christine Aziz, 52, left school at 15 with a single O-level in English. She was born in Yorkshire and has worked as a shop assistant, dental receptionist, factory packer, singer and cleaner. Her only experience of writing was as a news reporter for three years, but she did not like the pressure of journalism. Her manuscript for The Olive Readers was selected from more than 46,000 entries to the Channel 4 teatime show's How to Get Published competition.

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Book Info

Publication date

5th May 2006

Author

Christine Aziz

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Publisher

Pan Macmillan

Format

Paperback

Categories

Debuts of the Month
Literary Fiction
All Shortlists and Winners


ISBN

9780330439633

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