The Night Alphabet (Hardback)
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The Night Alphabet (Hardback)

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Hardback 432 Pages
Published: 15/02/2024
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From a dystopian cityscape to nineteenth-century Lancashire, Taylor's audacious novel set in a futuristic Hackney recounts the stories behind a woman's copious tattoos.

The tattoo was a reclamation, a flag we mounted in the centre of our own landscape.

A woman walks into a tattoo parlour. But this is no ordinary woman, and this is Hackney in 2233. Jones' body is covered in tattoos but she wants to add one final inking to her gallery - a thin line of ink mixed with blood that connects her body art together, creating a unique map.

As the two artists set to work, Jones tells them the story behind each tattoo. As Jones is no ordinary woman, these are no ordinary stories: each one represents a doorway to a life Jones fell into, a 'remembering'. Some of these lives were in the past, others in the future, some are sideways, but each of them connects Jones to the two tattoo artists in some way, though they are unaware of it.

We visit the dystopian cities of the Quiet Men, the coal mines of 19th century Lancashire, join a gang of vigilante sex workers, enter the world of an incel murderer, haunt the old Maryville gay bar, and uncover plans to genetically modify female children. Each of the stories brings us closer to Jones' truth, and how her life is intricately interwoven with that of the women tattooing her body.

Set across geographies and timespans, The Night Alphabet is a dazzlingly bold and original work, a deep investigation into human nature and violence against women.

Publisher: Quercus Publishing
ISBN: 9781529430936
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 660 g
Dimensions: 145 x 231 x 41 mm


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The Night Alphabet is a glorious jewel of a novel, rich with language and story, that glows in your mind's eye long after you have set it down. Taylor manages to combine her vivid poetry with a truly engaging tale of female resilience, an Illustrated Woman for our times. - Sophie Ward, author of Love and Other Thought Experiments

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Sarah Faichney

“My Book of the Year! ”

If you fancy something highly original, with exquisitely beautiful writing (that you want to print out and frame!), then you need 'The Night Alphabet'. I highlighted more passages to revisit than I have in... More

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“Wow!”

This is an entirely original, poetic, disturbing novel.

It's unforgettable, but I wouldn't know where to begin to describe it, so I'll just say this : read it!

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“Dazzling and unique speculative fiction”

This book is truly unique, I can say wholeheartedly that it’s unlike anything I’ve ever encountered before.
Without giving away too much of the story, The Night Alphabet contains lots of separate tales, all of which... More

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