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The Raw Shark Texts Paperback – 29 June 2007

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Canongate Books Ltd; Main edition (29 June 2007)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 448 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1847670245
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1847670243
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.9 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.2 out of 5 stars 289 ratings

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Inventive, funny and extremely smart . . . I nearly fell off my chair with admiration -- AUDREY NIFFENEGGER

A fast, sharp-toothed work of genius. An instant classic -- MATT HAIG

A psychological thriller with shades of Memento and The Matrix and the fiction of Mark Danielewski; page-turning, playful and chilling by turns ― * Guardian *

Very entertaining. The bastard love-child of The Matrix, Jaws and The Da Vinci Code -- MARK HADDON

Clever, exciting, funny and moving ― * Sunday Times *

A horror-dystopic-philosophical mash-up that has critics drawing comparisons to Borges ― * New York Times *

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 *

No novel with a cat called Ian in it can fail to win a place in my heart ― * Daily Telegraph *

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 *

A cult in the making ― * Time Out *

Leaves you breathless ― * Daily Express *

Filled with surreal twists ― * Vogue *

Genuinely isn't like anything you've ever read before ― * Independent *

An absurdly confident and intriguing debut. Move over Damien Hirst ― * Esquire *

Triumphant . . . Heartfelt, lyrical. A graphic novel in prose -- Joyce Carol Oates ― * New York Review of Books *

A meditation on love and loss, a thriller that will haunt you. Pass it on to a friend. Commence debate ― * GQ *

Utterly thrilling . . . leaves your heart pounding ― * Marie Claire *

Dizzyingly good . . . Clever, fun, gripping and shot through with melancholy ― * Scotland on Sunday *

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

A book in which heart and head sing in tremulous balance ― * Scotsman *

Donnie Darko meets Memento and Jaws. A postmodern spin on horror with a hip, Alex Garland vibe ― * Independent on Sunday *

A dream (and nightmare) of a first novel . . . Immensely readable ― * Sunday Herald *

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.

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