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Within Without

by: Jeff Noon


From true weird fiction visionary Jeff Noon comes the fourth book in this Philip K. Dick Award-nominated mystery series.

“One of the great masters of weird fiction.”
Adrian Tchaikovsky, Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning author of Children of Time

File Under: Science Fantasy [ Go Fourth | All Mad Here | Uneasy Dreams | Borderline ]


In the year 1960, private eye John Nyquist arrives in Delirium, a city of a million borders, to pursue his strangest case yet: tracking down Oberon, the stolen, sentient image of faded film star Vince Craven.
As Nyquist tracks Oberon through a series of ever-stranger and more surreal borders, he hears tantalising stories of the Yeald, a First Wall hidden at Delirium’s heart. But to get the help he needs to find it, he’ll have to journey into the fractured minds of the city’s residents, and even into his own…
Within Without

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Jeff Noon is an award-winning British novelist, short story writer and playwright. He won the Arthur C Clarke Award for Vurt, the John W Campbell award for Best New Writer, a Tinniswood Award for innovation in radio drama and the Mobil prize for playwriting. He was trained in the visual arts, and was musically active on the punk scene before starting to write plays for the theatre. His last novel, The Body Library, was nominated for the Philip K Dick Award.

“One of our finest writers…Within Without is a tour de force of surrealist SF”
– SFX Magazine

“Feels like an instant cult novel: a weird, psychedelic, literate and literary mystery that weaves a giddy web of confusion and style… An intoxicating and rewarding experience”
– Aurealis Magazine

“A disturbing and bizarre journey by one of the great masters of weird fiction.”
Adrian Tchaikovsky, Arthur C Clarke Award-winning author of Children of Time on A Man of Shadows

“Clocks and watches form a recurrent motif in this artful, eerie novel that infuses the mystery genre with symbolism and soul.”
– Financial Times on A Man of Shadows

“Noon is the Lewis Carroll of Manchester’s housing estates” The Times

“Noon is a fiercely urban writer.” – New Statesman

“Noon’s blend of quirky ideas, striking prose and imaginative characterisations establishes him as one of the most original voices in imaginative fiction.” – Booklist

“Let’s call him the first of the psychedelic fantasists.”
– Time Out

“Humorous, horrific and wildly original… an imaginative masterpiece.”
– Library Journal on A Man of Shadows

“Intriguingly textured, reliably witty and inventive, Noon’s whirling purposeful fantasy packs a full whallop.”
– Kirkus Reviews

“Classic Jeff Noon weirdness with a beautifully crafted mystery at its heart.”
– Starburst Magazine

“It’s a heady psychedelic mix, packed with literary allusions, which brilliantly explores notions of self-identity, personal awareness and how we fit into our own stories.”
– The Guardian on
The Body Library

“Rich, inventive and recommended.”
– Sci-Fi Now on The Body Library

“By writing a novel set in literature itself the author has created a new psychedelic meta-genre as well as a fantastic story that sticks in the mind long after the novel itself is read.”
– British Fantasy Society on The Body Library

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