Gollancz announce new Christopher Pike title out next month
Out next month from Gollancz Books is a new offering from award winning popular author Christopher Pike, whose novels have built him an inimitable dual reputation as a contemporary novelist and a leading figure in modern SF and fantasy.
The Islanders is a tale of murder, artistic rivalry and literary trickery; a chinese puzzle of a novel where nothing is quite what it seems; a narrator whose agenda is artful and subtle; a narrative that pulls you in and plays an elegant game with you. The Dream Archipelago is a vast network of islands.
The names of the islands are different depending on who you talk to, their very locations seem to twist and shift. Some islands have been sculpted into vast musical instruments, others are home to lethal creatures, others the playground for high society. Hot winds blow across the archipelago and a war fought between two distant continents is played out across its waters.
The Islanders serves both as an untrustworthy but enticing guide to the islands, an intriguing, multi-layered tale of a murder and the suspect legacy of its appealing but definitely untrustworthy narrator. It shows Christopher Priest at the height of his powers and illustrates why he has remained one of the country’s most prized novelists.
About the Author:
Christopher’s novel The Prestige is unique in winning both a major literary prize, The James Tait Black Award and a major genre prize, The World Fantasy Award; The Separation won both the Arthur C Clarke and the British Science fiction Awards. He was selected for the original Best of Young British Novelists in 1983.
He has written drama for radio (BBC Radio 4) and television (Thames TV and HTV). In 2006, The Prestige was made into a major production by Newmarket Films. Directed by Christopher Nolan, The Prestige went straight to No.1 US box office. It received two Academy Award nominations. Other novels, including Fugue for a Darkening Island and The Glamour, are currently in preparation for filming.
He is Vice-President of the H. G. Wells Society. In 2007, an exhibition of installation art based on his novel The Affirmation was mounted in London.
As a journalist he has written features and reviews for The Times, the Guardian, the Independent, the New Statesman, the Scotsman, and many different magazines.
The Islanders is available from Amazon now for pre-order.
Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: Gollancz (22 Sep 2011)
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