Serious Men (Hardback)
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Serious Men (Hardback)

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Hardback Published: 10/06/2010
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Winner of the Man Asian Literary Prize and shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction Ayyan Mani works in the Institute of Theory and Research as a lowly personal assistant to a brilliant, insufferable astronomer, Arvind Acharya, who is obsessed with his theory about microscopic aliens falling to earth. Stranded in an ordinary life, Ayyan knows he may not be able to escape his realities. To entertain himself, and to cheer up his weary wife, he weaves an outrageous fiction around his ten-year-old son, setting in motion a chain of extraordinary events he is unable to stop. Meanwhile, a war is brewing between rival scientists at the Institute and a beautiful astrobiologist complicates matters further. An astute observer, Ayyan follows these events closely, inventing new ways to further his own cause. Serious Men is a brilliantly funny tale of science, love and hope. Manu Joseph's assured storytelling makes this a debut to treasure.

Publisher: John Murray General Publishing Division
ISBN: 9781848543072

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I didn't warm to the characters and consequently found the book very silly and tiresome. Creating and manipulating the world around you and the impact on your family - lessons for everyone

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27th May 2010
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“A brilliant, moving novel”

I read this overnight. A friend pre-ordered this book for me saying she has just discovered a great new novelist. Manu Joseph is funny, perceptive and and such a amazing narrator. I went and read all his journalistic... More

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1st June 2010
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I wanted to like this book as I liked the author's use of language and turn of phrase. Unfortunately, I found it difficult to get into the story and was never able to warm to any of the characters in the book.... More

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31st May 2010
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