Simon Ings The Weight Of Numbers

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The Weight Of Numbers

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From millions of lives, spinning continents and different generations come three people: Anthony Burden, a wartime mathematical genius destroyed by the power and beauty of numbers; soap star Stacey Chavez, whose anorexic body is a reflection of her fading celebrity wattage and hunger for love; and Saul Cogan, a ’60s prankster turned murderous people trafficker. All three are connected to Nick Jinks, whose latest web of terror extends to 58 illegal immigrants suffocated in the back of a truck.

Joining seemingly random events, from the London Blitz to the first Moon walk, to the revolution in Cuba and the civil war in Mozambique, The Weight of Numbers is told through the sharp-edged lens of probability and randomness, a testament to the weight of numbers on all our lives. A panoramic novel of rich ideas and multi- ayered characters, The Weight of Numbers establishes Simon Ings as one of Britain’s most gifted young novelists.

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About the Author:

SIMON INGS is a novelist and science fiction writer. He is the author of numerous short stories and four novels, including his most recent, Painkillers. He lives in London with his wife and daughter. Visit the author’s website at www.simonings.com.

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"One of the most exciting--and relevant--books of the last year. Booker material, for sure."

"A Scheherazade of a novel, executed with scope, daring, and humor. The Weight of Numbers is unerringly well written, and engrossing to the last page." -- Lionel Shriver

"Ings weaves an ingenious, shimmering web of contiguity and chance.... A feat of meticulous plotting ... Ings's project is not dissimilar from David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas, with which it has been compared." -- Alistair Sooke

"A truly networked work of fiction ... In the corner of the literary landscape in which a few of us sit, hunting for ways to work ever exciting and dynamic thinking from the sciences into the contemporary novel, The Weight of Numbers is extremely good news. It's a dynamic, innovative, and compelling book that brings into focus some of the most interesting trends in contemporary fiction." -- James Flint

"Like Don DeLillo's Underworld, Simon Ings's remarkable new work delivers nothing less than a secret key, a counterhistory, of the last sixty years. Ings's fiction is vivid and swift, a thing of scenes and people, smugglers and astronauts, spies and revolutionaries. But beyond the topical excitements lies something even grander--a vision of our culture a death ship. The Weight of Numbers is amazing." -- Mark Costello

"Dazzling, admirable narrative nerve ... Ings stalks his targets with the relentlessness of a bounty hunter, until he arrives at a new heart of darkness.... As the story cuts through time its lineage emerges: from the colonial excursions of Conrad and Celine to the anthropological objectivity of J. G. Ballard; to Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon; to the askance mix of fact and fiction in DeLillo.... It is unlikely there will be a finer-written fiction this year." -- Chris Pettit

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