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  • Published: 1 December 1992
  • ISBN: 9780099922605
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP: $18.99

Flying To Nowhere

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The award-winning, magical first novel by acclaimed poet John Fuller


John Fuller's first novel opens with the arrival of church agent Vane on a remote Welsh island where he is to investigate the disappearance of pilgrims visiting its sacred well. While Vane looks for clues and corpses the local Abbot seaches for the location of the soul. Magical and poetic, Flying to Nowhere awakens our secret hopes and fears and our need to believe in miracles.

  • Pub date: 1 December 1992
  • ISBN: 9780099922605
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP: $18.99

About the Author

John Fuller

John Fuller, born in Ashford, Kent, is an acclaimed poet and novelist. His collection Stones and Fires (1996) was awarded the Forward Prize; Ghosts (2004) was shortlisted for the Whitbread Award for Poetry; The Space of Joy (2006) was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award, and The Grey Among the Green (1988), Song & Dance (2008) and Pebble & I (2010) were all Poetry Book Society Recommendations. His 1983 novel Flying to Nowhere, a historical fantasy, won the Whitbread First Novel Award and was nominated for the Booker Prize. He has also written collections of short stories and several books for children. He is an Emeritus Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford.

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Praise for Flying To Nowhere

“A masterpiece”

Sunday Telegraph

“As rich and exciting as Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose, but deeper and more disturbing...It begins as a murder mystery but ends in a revelation of deeper mysteries of death and rebirth”

New York Times

“Highly imaginative”


“A short, charged and imaginative fable-cum-murder-mystery which uses [Fuller's] gift for narrative and for elaborate metaphor to great effect”

Sunday Times

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