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The House of Rumour (Paperback)
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The House of Rumour (Paperback)

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Paperback 416 Pages / Published: 28/03/2013
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A mind-bending, thrilling journey into 20th-century history and outer space - 'a brightly coloured portrait of our times that is alternatively intimate and epic . . . brilliant' (Independent on Sunday).

In 1941, Larry Zagorski was a naive young writer of science-fiction. Seven decades on, he looks back on that crucial year and traces his place in a mysterious web - one that connects the Second World War with the Space Age, stretches from London to Cuba and Southern California, and links Ian Fleming with Rudolf Hess in a conspiracy that reverberates in the present.

Could this be the secret history of the 20th century? In a mesmerising novel peopled by spies and propagandists, the conned and the heartbroken, dreamers and fanatics, the question is: who will you believe?

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
ISBN: 9780340922736
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 283 g
Dimensions: 197 x 152 x 29 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
It may be the ideal holiday read for those who like to take their brains with them on vacation. * Mark Lawson, Guardian *
Highly entertaining and perhaps even mind-expanding, Arnott's high-class conjuring act shows that truth really is stranger than fiction. * Phil Baker, The Sunday Times *
A supremely intelligent book as well as a surprisingly warm one. * Roz Kaveney, Independent *
Arnott offers a brightly coloured portrait of our times that is alternatively intimate and epic...The House of Rumour is a brilliant achievement that invites repeated readings * James Kidd, Independent on Sunday *
If this is that dark Prince Arnott's Jonbar Hinge, the future looks bright. * Andrew Anthony, Observer *
A potent mix of fact and fiction that takes on 20th-century history but remains a page-turner * Elle *
The House of Rumour is a page-turner with exceptional style, depth, thought, camp, counter-history and intrigue. It's both sci-fi/fantasy pulp and an ambitiously epic work of cosmic proportions: a welcome paradox of a novel that boldly toys with the boundaries between high and low-brow art. * Kirkus Review *
It isn't a book, it's a revelation. * Geek Syndicate blog *

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“A tad disappointing.”

I was going to give this 3 stars as my rating but in all honesty, I'm puzzled by this read! For me, there's just too much happening to make it flow effortlessly. Whilst the writing is beautiful, in some... More

Hardback edition
26th June 2012
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“A confusing read”

Spanning a period of around 70 years, the book blends fiction with real events, connecting WW2 counter intelligence with science fiction, space travel, religious cults, astrology and magical rituals, and its... More

Paperback edition
30th April 2013
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“If u want something unusual!”

A very unique story. It has a strange mixture of famous people, science fiction writers and propaganda used in the second world war.
It is a little confused. But so different it was a good read.

Paperback edition
22nd May 2013
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