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The Raw Shark Texts Paperback – 29 June 2007

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Product details

  • Paperback : 448 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1847670245
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1847670243
  • Product Dimensions : 12.9 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Publisher : Canongate Books Ltd; Main Edition (29 June 2007)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.2 out of 5 stars 158 ratings

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Review

A dream (and nightmare) of a first novel . . . Immensely readable * * Sunday Herald * * Donnie Darko meets Memento and Jaws. A postmodern spin on horror with a hip, Alex Garland vibe * * Independent on Sunday * * A book in which heart and head sing in tremulous balance * * Scotsman * * Fast, sexy, intriguing, intelligent - The Raw Shark Texts is all these and more: a cult waiting to happen, a blockbuster begging to be made. Steven Hall is a truly fantastic storyteller. Investigate, now! -- TOBY LITT Dizzyingly good . . . Clever, fun, gripping and shot through with melancholy * * Scotland on Sunday * * Utterly thrilling . . . leaves your heart pounding * * Marie Claire * * A meditation on love and loss, a thriller that will haunt you. Pass it on to a friend. Commence debate * * GQ * * Triumphant . . . Heartfelt, lyrical. A graphic novel in prose -- Joyce Carol Oates * * New York Review of Books * * An absurdly confident and intriguing debut. Move over Damien Hirst * * Esquire * * Genuinely isn't like anything you've ever read before * * Independent * * Filled with surreal twists * * Vogue * * Leaves you breathless * * Daily Express * * A cult in the making * * Time Out * * A thriller with elements of sci-fi, romance and memoir . . . A cracking read . . . but it's the outrageous inventiveness that marks it out as really special * * Irish Independent * * No novel with a cat called Ian in it can fail to win a place in my heart * * Daily Telegraph * * Jaws meets Alice in Wonderland . . . An avant-garde thriller in which these devil-fish of the unconscious somehow escape the symbolic realm * * Times Literary Supplement * * A horror-dystopic-philosophical mash-up that has critics drawing comparisons to Borges * * New York Times * * Clever, exciting, funny and moving * * Sunday Times * * Very entertaining. The bastard love-child of The Matrix, Jaws and The Da Vinci Code -- MARK HADDON A psychological thriller with shades of Memento and The Matrix and the fiction of Mark Danielewski; page-turning, playful and chilling by turns * * Guardian * * A fast, sharp-toothed work of genius. An instant classic -- MATT HAIG Inventive, funny and extremely smart . . . I nearly fell off my chair with admiration -- AUDREY NIFFENEGGER

About the Author

Steven Hall was born in 1975. His 'Stories for a Phone Book' featured in New Writing 13. The Raw Shark Texts is his first novel and won the Borders Original Voices Award and the Somerset Maugham Award. It has been translated into twenty-nine languages and film rights have been optioned by Film Four. Steven was chosen by Granta Magazine in 2013 as one of the decade's Best Young British Novelists. He lives in Hull, England. For more about The Raw Shark Texts see: www.steven-hall.org