Graft by Matt Hill

Graft is exactly what science fiction should be right now: it’s brutally dark, twisted at its heart, with an incredible sense of foreboding about where we could end up if our mistakes aren’t put right. Beautifully written, engagingly compulsive, it’s one of the best books I’ve read in a long time.” James Smythe, Author of The Testimony, The Explorer, The Machine and more…

“England as a wasteland ruled by crime, car jacking as a doorway to love and morality, and plenty of body horror to mix with your posthumanism: Graft is a brilliant eulogy for our ruined future.” Edward J Rathke, author of Noir: A Love Story

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Manchester, 2025. Local mechanic Sol steals old vehicles to meet the demand for spares. But when Sol’s partner impulsively jacks a luxury model, Sol finds himself caught up in a nightmarish trans-dimensional human trafficking conspiracy. Hidden in the stolen car is a voiceless, three-armed woman called Y. She’s had her memory removed and undertaken a harrowing journey into a world she only vaguely recognises. And someone waiting in the UK expects her delivery at all costs. Now Sol and Y are on the run from both Y’s traffickers and the organisation’s faithful products. With the help of a dangerous triggerman and Sol’s ex, they must uncover the true, terrifying extent of the trafficking operation, or it’s all over. Not that there was much hope to start with. A novel about the horror of exploitation and the weight of love, Graft imagines a country in which too many people are only worth what’s on their price tag. File Under: Science Fiction [ Y the Last Girl / So Much to Answer For / Under the Skin / Armed & Dangerous ] Cover art: John Coulthart
Book Info:
UK Print Date: 4th February 2016 ISBN: 9780857664983 Format: Medium (B-Format) Paperback R.R.P.: £8.99 North American Print Date: 2nd February 2016 ISBN: 9780857664990 Format:Small (Mass-Market) Paperback R.R.P.: US$7.99 / CAN$9.99 Ebook Date: 2nd February 2016 ISBN: 9780857665003 Format: Epub & Mobi R.R.P.: £5.49 / US$6.99
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UK Print & Ebook | Book Depository | Waterstones | WHSmith North American Print & Ebook | | | Global DRM-Free Epub & Mobi Ebook On-sale 2nd February 2016 from the Robot Trading Company back to top
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“The collapse is already here, it’s just not evenly distributed. Graft is a compelling, fast-moving work of austerity science fiction. High tech rubs up against low lives, battered Britishness struggles to get by in the face of imminent inhumanities. A powerful neo-noir.” – Matthew De Abaitua, author of If Then “Hill captures the dark underbelly of Manchester in visceral prose. There is a unique horror in Y’s predicament, and Hill renders it in chilling terms. Hill’s world is tinged with a sense of foreboding in this refreshing take on a futuristic mystery.” – Publishers Weekly “Hill’s prose is an utter dream, the sooty grit of his 2025 Manchester practically coats the reader’s hands.” – Bad Cantina “Hill’s mean and broken future Manchester is pretty inimitable. You’ll meet some amazing characters navigating some profoundly dangerous situations in an environment of true weirdness that has a touch of the William Gibsons about it whilst at the same time presenting a science fiction that’s very personal, very British. In a word, it’s fantastic.” – Nina Allen For Matt Hill’s debut novel, The Folded Man “Captures the smell and essence of Britain through its main character, his desires, addictions and strange courage. Written with direct vividness that keeps one inside its totally realised world.” – Stephen Fry, Dundee International Book Prize judge 2012 “Some combination of Raymond Chandler, Trainspotting, and Philip K. Dick, Hill’s unsettling novel is not an escapist fantasy, but rather a call to arms, a plea to change the future.” – Publishers Weekly “A memorable debut with pathos, dark humour and true heart.” – Interzone back to top