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Arcadia (Paperback)

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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.

In Cold War England, Professor Henry Lytten, having renounced a career in espionage, is writing a fantasy novel that dares to imagine a world less fraught than his own. He finds an unlikely confidante in Rosie, an inquisitive young neighbor who, while chasing after Lytten's cat one day, stumbles through a doorway in his cellar and into a stunning and unfamiliar bucolic landscape--remarkably like the fantasy world Lytten is writing about. There she meets a young boy named Jay who is about to embark on a journey that will change both their lives. Elsewhere, in a distopian society where progress is controlled by a corrupt ruling elite, the brilliant scientist Angela Meerson has discovered the potential of a powerful new machine. When the authorities come knocking, she will make an important decision--one that will reverberate through all these different lives and worlds.

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: 9781101970836
ISBN-10: 1101970839
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: January 10th, 2017
Pages: 608
Language: English