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Genus by Jonathan Trigell

In the Britain of a few tomorrows time, physical perfection is commonplace and self improvement has become an extinct expression: all the qualities men and women could aspire to can be purchased prior to birth. GENUS is a time of genetic selection and enrichment - life chances come on a sliding scale according to wealth. For some there is no money or choice, and an underclass has evolved; London's King's Cross, or The Kross as it is now known, has become a ghetto for the Unimproved. In The Kross, the natural, the dated, the cheap and the dull, live a brittle and unenviable existence. But unrest is growing; tension is mounting and a murderer is abroad in these dark quarters...Acclaimed author Jonathan Trigell's third novel is a breathtaking tour de force, exploring a dystopia of the not-too-distant-a future which will leave readers wondering not 'what if', as the original audience of Huxley's Brave New World did, but 'when'. Praise for Jonathan Trigell: 'A compelling narrative, a beautifully structured piece of writing, and a thought-provoking novel of ideas. It's a wonderful debut.' - Sarah Waters, Chair of the Judges for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize on Boy A 'A fine and moving debut novel...compulsively readable...a rare treat' The Independent on Boy A 'Does for extreme winter sports what Alex Garland's The Beach did for backpacking.' - Financial Times on Cham.

Reviews

Confirm(s) the promise of Trigell's splendid debut, Boy A. Daily Mail No one can fault Trigell's ingenuity. Times Literary Supplement Trigell doesn't pretend to have any easy answers, only further and more complicated questions. Is genetic perfection a welcome goal? Are humans meant to be free from pain, illness and suffering? Who and what, exactly, defines a disability? The Independent Trigell's dystopian divided Britain is epically hellish, rendered through the voices of a procession of characters in a heightened prose that intensifies the sense of a decayed, degenerate world about to implode. Although it is science fiction, the world of Genus - where those who can afford it have their children modified before birth - feels as if it might be just around the corner. Metro It is an old saying among science fiction fans that anyone can predict the car, it takes brains to predict gridlock. It is not the gadget that takes foresight, it is the uses people will make of it, and then the unintended consequences of those uses... No one can fault Trigell's ingenuity The Times Like Trigell's powerful debut, 'Boy A', a sharp analysis of society underpins this novel. Despite being set in the future, or perhaps because of it, Genus is a blazingly good contemporary novel. Good Reads the misadventures of the crippled painter, Holman, his former beauty queen mother, Adele Nicole, and the blinded writer, Crick, confirm the promise of Trigell's splendid debut, Boy A. The Daily Mail Like Aldous Huxley and Margaret Atwood, Trigell explores science, medicine, biology, morality, and religion... Genus is a masterful work of dystopian speculative fiction. Bookmagnet Genus is an elegantly written, bleakly exaggerated look between the haves and have-nots. Mr. Trigell uses the bullhorn of science fiction to call out the communal hypocrisy of society. Whatever scientific advance that humanity creates with improvement in mind, Genus argues that we'll never leave our selfish instincts behind. Pornokitsch.com


About the Author

Jonathan Trigell was born in 1974 and has lived in Hertfordshire, Manchester, Derby and Stone. In 2002 he completed an MA in creative writing at Manchester University.

He has been a TV extra, an outdoor pursuits instructor and a door to door salesman; plus has worked right across the winter sports industry, from mopping floors and washing dishes to journalism and organising major events.

His first novel, Boy A, won the prestigious John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for best work by an author under 35, and also the Waverton Award, for best first novel of 2004.

Jonathan now lives in Chamonix, where he is writing his third novel, Genesis.

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Publication date

1st July 2012

Author

Jonathan Trigell

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Publisher

Corsair an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Paperback
288 pages

Categories

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781780334400

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