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NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE 'I cannot remember the last time I read a novel so beautifully written or utterly compelling from the very first page' Bill Bryson, Sunday Times

One windy spring day in the Chilterns Joe Rose's calm, organized life is shattered by a ballooning accident. The afternoon, Rose reflects, could have ended in mere tragedy, but for his brief meeting with Jed Parry. Unknown to Rose, something passes between them - something that gives birth in Parry to an obsession so powerful that it will test to the limits Rose's beloved scientific rationalism, threaten the love of his wife Clarissa and drive him to the brink of murder and madness.

Reviews

'Hypnotically readable'

Sunday Telegraph

'A virtuoso display'

Observer

'A novel of rich diversity'

Sunday Times

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    9781409089933

    July 1, 2010

    Vintage Digital

    256 pages

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    9780099276586

    July 3, 1998

    Vintage

    256 pages

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