by Alison Macleod

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Unexploded Synopsis

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013.

May, 1940. On Park Crescent, Geoffrey and Evelyn Beaumont and their eight-year-old son, Philip, anxiously await news of the expected enemy landing on the beaches of Brighton. It is a year of tension and change. Geoffrey becomes Superintendent of the enemy alien camp at the far reaches of town, while Philip is gripped by the rumour that Hitler will make Brighton's Royal Pavilion his English HQ. As the rumours continue to fly and the days tick on, Evelyn struggles to fall in with the war effort and the constraints of her role in life, and her thoughts become tinged with a mounting, indefinable desperation. Then she meets Otto Gottlieb, a 'degenerate' German-Jewish painter and prisoner in her husband's internment camp.

Unexploded Press Reviews

Praise for The Wave Theory of Angels:


'An ambitious novel...[ Alison MacLeod] has an engaged delight in the stuff of life.' TLS


'Ingeniously combines medieval theology with 21st-century physics ...highly enjoyable.' The Times

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ISBN: 9780241142639
Publication date: 26/07/2013
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton Ltd an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

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ISBN: 9780241142639
Publication date: 26th July 2013
Author: Alison Macleod
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton Ltd an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Genres: eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,

About Alison Macleod

Alison MacLeod was raised in Canada and has lived in England since 1987. She is the author of three novels, The Changeling, The Wave Theory of Angels and Unexploded, and of a collection of stories, Fifteen Modern Tales of Attraction. Unexploded was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2013. She is Professor of Contemporary Fiction at Chichester University and lives in Brighton.

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