The Olive Readers

by Christine Aziz

Debut Books of the Month Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

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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.   It’s a world, almost too terrible to contemplate and yet it carries you along almost like a drug.  It’s imaginative, it’s gripping and at times quite breathtaking.  If you as a reader want to be challenged then look no further.

The Olive Readers Synopsis

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...

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ISBN: 9780330439633
Publication date: 05/05/2006
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781405054744
Publication date: 07/10/2005
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780330439633
Publication date: 5th May 2006
Author: Christine Aziz
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback
Genres: Debuts of the Month, Literary Fiction,

About Christine Aziz

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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