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Oxygen by Andrew Miller


Oxygen by Andrew Miller

Shortlisted for the 2001 Booker Prize and Whitbread Novel of the Year AwardIn the summer of 1997, four people reach a turning point: Alice Valentine, who lies gravely ill in her West Country home; her two sons, one still searching for a sense of direction, the other fighting to keep his acting career and marriage afloat; and Laszlo Lazar, who leads a comfortable life in Paris yet is plagued by his memories of the 1956 Hungarian uprising. For each, the time has come to assess what matters in life, and all will be forced to take part in an act of liberation - though not necessarily the one foreseen.


His prose is perfectly balanced, both beautiful and exact * The Times * Miller's use of imagery is always unexpected, sometimes astonishing ... it is also impossible to put down * Independent on Sunday * Miller's use of imagery is always unexpected, sometimes astonishing ... it is also impossible to put down * Independent on Sunday * Highly accomplished ... breathe in and enjoy * Spectator * Highly accomplished ... breathe in and enjoy * Spectator *

About the Author

Andrew Miller

Andrew Miller was born in Bristol in 1960. He has lived in Spain, Japan, Ireland and France, and currently lives in Somerset. His first novel, INGENIOUS PAIN, was published by Sceptre in 1997 and won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Grinzane Cavour prize in Italy. His second novel, CASANOVA, was published in 1998, followed by OXYGEN, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel Award and the Booker Prize in 2001, and THE OPTIMISTS, published in 2005.

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Publication date

20th June 2002


Andrew Miller

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Sceptre an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division


336 pages


Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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