The Panopticon (Paperback)
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The Panopticon (Paperback)

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Paperback 336 Pages / Published: 04/04/2013
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JENNI FAGAN HAS BEEN NAMED AS ONE OF GRANTA MAGAZINE'S BEST OF YOUNG BRITISH NOVELISTS 2013

SHORTLISTED FOR THE JAMES TAIT BLACK PRIZE FOR FICTION AND THE DESMOND ELLIOTT PRIZE 2013

'One of the most cunning and spirited novels I've read for years' Ali Smith

'An utterly magnificent achievement' Irvine Welsh

Fifteen-year old Anais Hendricks is smart, funny and fierce, but she is also a child who has been let down, or worse, by just about every adult she has ever met. Sitting in the back of a police car, she finds herself headed for the Panopticon, a home for chronic young offenders where the social workers are as suspicious as its residents. But Anais can't remember the events that have led her there, or why she has blood on her school uniform...

Publisher: Cornerstone
ISBN: 9780099558644
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 234 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 20 mm


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It's in the Margaret Atwood/The Handmaid's Tale vein - very literary and suspenseful...Set in an altered reality - one that feels familiar and yet deeply unfamiliar, that embodies some of the dailiness of life, and yet slowly reveals itself to be a very different, much more sinister place. -- Gillian Flynn, author of GONE GIRL
Each page sparkles with the ebullient and sinister magic of great storytelling ... An utterly magnificent achievement. * Irvine Welsh *
Not just uncompromising and courageous. I think it's one of the most cunning and spirited novels I've read for years... An intelligent and deeply literary novel. -- Ali Smith
Written with great verve and brio ... An astonishing debut, I have a feeling that Fagan is a name we will hear more of. -- Jackie Kay
The 15-year-old heroine and narrator, has a rough, raw, joyous voice that leaps right off the page and grabs you by the throat...This punkish young philosopher is struggling with a terrible past, while battling sinister social workers...The glorious Anais is unforgettable. * The Times *

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“An amazing voice.”

What is so amazing about this book is the voices that leap out at you from the very first page. I loved the grit and strength of Anais and how, no matter what is thrown at her, her self belief of getting away stays... More

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“A sparky, engaging debut.”

A novel that leaves me ignoring everything I'm meant to be doing, in favour of compulsively reading on, is a rare treat; The Panopticon is one of those novels. I became utterly absorbed in the world of feisty and... More

Hardback edition
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“No way out”

The personal ache that comes from reading Jenni Fagan's wonderful debut has its roots in so much that we care about in ourselves as we watch others who have become victims. Anais' cry for help is not to us... More

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