The Panopticon (Hardback)
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Hardback Published: 03/05/2012
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Pa'nop'ti'con ( noun). A circular prison with cells so constructed that the prisoners can be observed at all times. [Greek panoptos 'seen by all'] Anais Hendricks, fifteen, is in the back of a police car, headed for the Panopticon, a home for chronic young offenders. She can't remember the events that led her here, but across town a policewoman lies in a coma and there is blood on Anais' school uniform. Smart, funny and fierce, Anais is a counter-culture outlaw, a bohemian philosopher in sailor shorts and a pillbox hat. She is also a child who has been let down, or worse, by just about every adult she has ever met. The residents of the Panopticon form intense bonds, heightened by their place on the periphery, and Anais finds herself part of an ad hoc family there. Much more suspicious are the social workers, especially Helen, who is about to leave her job for an elephant sanctuary in India but is determined to force Anais to confront the circumstances of her birth before she goes. Looking up at the watchtower that looms over the residents, Anais knows her fate: she is part of an experiment, she always was, it's a given, a liberty - a fact. And the experiment is closing in. In language dazzling, energetic and pure, "The Panopticon" introduces us to a heartbreaking young heroine and an incredibly assured and outstanding new voice in fiction.

Publisher: Cornerstone
ISBN: 9780434021772
Weight: 510 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 31 mm

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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

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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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