Blackout (Paperback)
  • Blackout (Paperback)
zoom

Blackout (Paperback)

(author)
1 Review Sign in to write a review
£12.99
Paperback 624 Pages / Published: 08/03/2012
  • In stock

Available

  • This item has been added to your basket
Your local Waterstones may have stock of this item. Please check by using Click & Collect

BLACKOUT is the opening movement of a vast, absorbing two-volume novel that may well prove to be Connie Willis' masterpiece. Like her multi-award winning THE DOOMSDAY BOOK, this stunning new work marries the intricate mechanics of time travel to the gritty - and dangerous - realities of human history.

The narrative opens in Oxford, England in 2060, where a trio of time traveling scholars prepares to depart for various corners of the Second World War. Their mission: to observe, from a safe vantage point, the day-to-day nature of life during this critical historical moment. As the action ranges from the evacuation of Dunkirk to the manor houses of rural England to the quotidian horrors of London during the Blitz, the objective nature of their roles gradually changes. Cut off from the safety net of the future and caught up in the chaotic events that make up history, they are forced to participate, in unexpected ways, in the defining events of the era.

BLACKOUT is an ingeniously constructed time travel novel and a grand entertainment. More than that, it is a moving, exquisitely detailed portrait of a world under siege, a world dominated by chaos, uncertainty, and the threat of imminent extinction. It is the rare sort of book that transcends the limits of genre, offering pleasure, insight, and illumination on virtually every page.

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9780575099289
Number of pages: 624
Weight: 452 g
Dimensions: 199 x 133 x 37 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
A page-turning thriller - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

BLACKOUT depicts the times and the spirit of the British people remarkably vividly, and bits of comic relief leaven any sombreness. Characterisations of the historians and the Brits they become close to are multifaceted and believable, and the ending leaves us keenly primed for the sequel - BOOKLIST (starred review)

You may also be interested in...

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two
Added to basket
Dune
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
A Court of Silver Flames
Added to basket
£16.99   £14.99
Hardback
Pine
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.49
Paperback
The Court of Miracles
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.49
Paperback
What Abigail Did That Summer
Added to basket
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Added to basket
Tales from the Cafe
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.49
Paperback
Ninth House
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.49
Paperback
Piranesi
Added to basket
£14.99   £12.99
Hardback
The Dream Weavers
Added to basket
£14.99   £12.99
Hardback
Realm Breaker
Added to basket
£16.99   £14.99
Hardback
House of Earth and Blood
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Added to basket
your name., Vol. 1
Added to basket
Norse Mythology
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.99
Paperback
Linda Hepworth

“Be warned - this is only half a novel!”

It is Oxford 2060 and from a travel lab in the city historians are being sent to observe significant events from history – the Crusades, the Fire of London, WW1 Zeppelin attacks on London, Pearl Harbour, to name but a... More

Paperback edition
Helpful? Upvote 26

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.