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Arcadia (Hardcover)

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"Known primarily as a writer of wonderfully detailed and exciting mysteries, Pears breaks away from familiar territory to bring us a marvelous tale dealing with time travel and trans-dimensional travel that is riveting and so much fun to read! When Professor Henry Lytten creates his Anteworld stories, much like C.S. Lewis' Narnia, he does so for his own entertainment, but when Rosalind, a teen age neighbor who looks after Lytten's cat, steps through a mysterious door in his cellar and finds herself in the fictional world he has created, it begins to have a life of its own. In the far future, a scientist has created a machine to travel through time and which her employer will try use to make itself wealthy. She will encounter Lytten in this past and have a part to play in its future - if it has one. Great characters and witty dialogues help drive the story that is easily my favorite read of 2016 so far."

— Raul



From the author of the international best seller An Instance of the Fingerpost, Arcadia is an astonishing work of imagination.

Three interlocking worlds. Four people looking for answers. But who controls the future--or the past?

In 1960s Oxford, Professor Henry Lytten is attempting to write a fantasy novel that forgoes the magic of his predecessors, J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis. He finds an unlikely confidante in his quick-witted, inquisitive young neighbor Rosie. One day, while chasing Lytten's cat, Rosie encounters a doorway in his cellar. She steps through and finds herself in an idyllic, pastoral land where Storytellers are revered above all others. There she meets a young man who is about to embark on a quest of his own--and may be the one chance Rosie has of returning home. These breathtaking adventures ultimately intertwine with the story of an eccentric psychomathematician whose breakthrough discovery will affect all of these different lives and worlds.

Dazzlingly inventive and deeply satisfying, Arcadia tests the boundaries of storytelling and asks: If the past can change the future, then might the future also indelibly alter the past?

About the Author

IAIN PEARS is the author of the best sellers An Instance of the Fingerpost, The Dream of Scipio and Stone's Fall, and a novella, The Portrait, as well as a series of acclaimed detective novels, a book of art history, and countless articles on artistic, financial and historical subjects. He lives in Oxford, England.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781101946824
ISBN-10: 1101946822
Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
Publication Date: February 9th, 2016
Pages: 528
Language: English