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The Absolute Book

by Elizabeth Knox

Family Drama

The Absolute Book Synopsis

Taryn Cornick believes her sister Bea was deliberately run down and killed. She believes it so hard she allows a man called the Muleskinner to exact the justice Bea was denied. An eye for an eye.

Which is when Taryn's problems really begin.

Because the police suspect Taryn's involvement in the death.

Worse, others have their eyes on Taryn - those in a faraway place who know what Taryn's family have been carefully hiding in their vast library. The Absolute Book.

They want it - and they want Taryn to help find it.

For the lives of those in more than one world depend upon it . . . 

The Absolute Book Press Reviews

An angelic book, an apocalyptic book, an astounding book -- Francis Spufford, bestselling author of 'Golden Hill'

The power is in the skill and pace of Knox's storytelling, the perfect spinning of the intricate plot, the sharp dialogue and luminous evocation of place -- Charlotte Grimshaw

A tour de force. Ursula Le Guin would have loved this book -- Jane Stafford

Reminded me of how I felt reading Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell or His Dark Materials - this is a masterpiece -- Dan Koi - Slate

A tour de force. Ursula Le Guin would have loved this book -- Jane Stafford Every page is a declaration of love for story, for literature, for libraries -- Maria McMillan

A triumph. Book where the best hearts meet the best minds meet the best imaginations are few and far between -- Pip Adam

Reminded me of how I felt reading Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell or His Dark Materials - this is a masterpiece -- Dan Koi - Slate

Gorgeous. The payoffs and reveals are mind-blowing -- Laini Taylor - author of Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Intricately plotted and gorgeously written, THE ABSOLUTE BOOK has something for everyone: the search for a mysterious book, talking ravens, police detectives and academics, gods and demons, a giant saltwater crocodile, the bucolic English countryside and magical gates to hidden worlds. Here is a cinematic tale that is by turns dark and dreamlike, yet ultimately hopeful -- Deborah Harkness - author of A Discovery of Witches

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ISBN: 9780241473924
Publication date: 04/02/2021
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780241473924
Publication date: 4th February 2021
Author: Elizabeth Knox
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 640 pages
Genres: Family Drama,
Collections: 2021 Preview - Exciting New Books on the Horizon,
Categories: Fantasy, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Elizabeth Knox

Elizabeth Knox is an award-winning New Zealand author who has published over a dozen books. Her novel The Vintner's Luck won the Deutz Medal for fiction in the 1999 Montana New Zealand Book Awards and the 2001 Tasmania Pacific Region Prize, while Daylight was short-listed for Best Book in the South Pacific & South East Asian Region of the 2004 Commonwealth Writers Prize. Elizabeth has an ONZM, is an Arts Foundation of New Zealand Laureate, and won the Prime Minister's Award of Fiction in 2019. She teaches World Building at Victoria University and lives in Wellington, New Zealand with her husband and her son.

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