The Anomaly (Hardback)
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The Anomaly (Hardback)

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Hardback 336 Pages / Published: 20/01/2022
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A high concept, genre-bending mix of crime and science fiction, The Anomaly envisages the splitting of an aircraft into two separate entities in the eye of a storm and the suspenseful consequences for the duplicate versions of the passengers and crew.

What do you do if your life is no longer your own?

When flight Air France 006 enters a terrifying storm, the plane - inexplicably - duplicates. For every passenger on board that day, there are now two - a double with the same mind, body and memories.

Just one thing sets them apart. One plane leaves the storm in March. The other doesn't land until June. For world leaders, the emergence of the June flight raises serious alarms. No science, faith, or protocol can explain this unprecedented event. But for the passengers, a bigger question is at stake. What happens to them, now that their life is shared? What happens to those who land in June, when their March doubles make decisions that will change their lives forever? And as the doubles prepare to meet, they have an extraordinary decision to make. If there are two of them, and just one life - who gets to live it?

A runaway bestseller and winner of the 2020 Prix Goncourt, The Anomaly is a genre-defying, whip-smart novel that explores the very essence of who we are.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241540480
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 555 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 32 mm


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'Buckle your seatbelts, as Herve le Tellier takes you on an extraordinary ride. You won't want to put this book down until the very last page!' - Leila Slimani, author of Lullaby

'Wow, what an exciting, original blend of theory and heart. It's astonishing. I can't describe it, except to say: read it, and prepare for a whole new perspective on your own existence - and plane travel' - Janice Hallett, author of The Appeal

'The Anomaly is one and ten novels at once, brilliantly connecting every mystery of intimacy with the great mystery of humanity.' - Michel Bussi

'It's a phenomenal read. I loved how it tied together. So clever yet also so gripping.' - Harriet Tyce, author of Blood Orange

'An extraordinary mix of existential thriller and speculative fiction. Questions of philosophy, mathematics and astrophysics bend this novel far from the typical mold, and Le Tellier's characters must confront the deepest questions of existence. This thought-provoking literary work deserves a wide readership.' - Publishers Weekly

'A witty, erudite novel, teeming and minutely detailed, a treat throughout, with-at its centre-that head-spinning conceit that will leave you deep in thought for a long time after reading the final page. It is rare to have so much fun with something so intelligent.' - Nicolas Mathieu, author of And Their Children After Them

'An extraordinary, fast-paced, disturbing novel, perfect for these extraordinary, fast-paced, disturbing times. Think Steven Spielberg meets Umberto Eco with a side order of black humour, generously sprinkled with genuine emotion.' - Sam Taylor, author of The Island At The End Of The World

'A uniquely, gloriously, provocatively French contribution to the sci-fi thriller genre - it will keep you guessing, get your heart pounding, and make you feel and wonder and - above all - think.' - Sam J. Miller, author of Blackfish City

'In The Anomaly, Herve Le Tellier has delivered a volatile and compelling thriller that has you hurtling toward the mystery at the heart of the novel from page one. The Anomaly is a gripping and moving blend of Blake Crouch's Dark Matter, the television show Lost, with a bit of The Philadelphia Experiment thrown in for good measure. I couldn't put it down.' - Terry Miles, author of Rabbits

'The Anomaly is a brilliant balancing act of a novel, a fantastic rush and ride that works on myriad levels, at various depths, and in a multitude of styles. It's a precise and erudite literary treat, a comedic sociopolitical-religious skewering of these contemporary times, a philosophical-scientific-mathematical dive into the puzzles of possibility, space, and time, and an ingenious thought experiment that lends itself easily to ad infinitum analysis and dissection. It's also entirely grounded in human nature. Le Tellier's pointillistic characters are, like all of us, buffeted by desires, seeking love, striving, aging, making good and bad decisions, choosing the right or wrong paths, believing they know and understand themselves, utterly trusting in free will. Highly intelligent, ironic without cheap cynicism, The Anomaly is an immensely fun novel, an immersive experience that leaves the reader analysing everything anew.' - Cherise Wolas, author of The Resurrection of Joan Ashby and The Family Tabor

'Excellent...at once zeitgeisty, intelligent, and entertaining.' - Charlie Hebdo

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“Unputdownable page-turner..”

Here is a crime novel which is nothing like you have ever read before. The winner of the 2020 Prix Goncourt, has the elements of an old fashion murder story, involving a conundrum of quantum physics and the plot line... More

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“The Anomaly”

So there's a flight from Paris to New York and we get to know some of the passengers. Both before and after the flight, as well as what happens during, when they fear for their lives as the plane hits bad weather... More

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“Mix of Sci Fi and thriller”

Winner of the Prix Goncourt 2021.I found the story very X Files which I love and the writing made you wanting to keep going which I did on a day off.The translator captured the take well and I can see this becoming a... More

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