Pincher Martin

Pincher Martin


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Publisher's Synopsis

Experience a shipwrecked sailor's disintegration into 'a naked madman on a rock' by the radical Nobel Laureate and author of Lord of the Flies, introduced by Marlon James.

An hour on this rock is a lifetime.

Glistening limpets. Lobster claws. Wild tangles of seaweed. Slowly, his eyes open. Everywhere, there is sea. Only this jagged peak interrupts the vast expanse of the Atlantic: a tooth in a gaping jaw. But he will survive. Rainwater can be drunk; anemones eaten. He dries his oilskin beneath the screaming gulls, and discovers his papers: Christopher Hadley Martin, TY. Lieut., R.N.V.R. Weathering lightning strikes of memory, he must now reconstruct his fate - piece by terrible piece.

'Wizardry of the first order.' Observer

'Terrifying . Magnificently original.'
Sylvia Plath

'Devastating ... Violently real ... The unique kind of novel that compels you to reread it.' Marlon James

'An amazing tour de force ... A blow-by-blow struggle for survival.' Stephen Spender

'Immense ... To read it is to undergo a shattering and memorable experience.' Kingsley Amis

'A master fabulist ... An iconoclast.' John Fowles

Book information

ISBN: 9780571362349
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Imprint: Faber & Faber
Pub date:
Edition: Reprint
DEWEY: 823.914
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: xi, 224
Weight: 212g
Height: 128mm
Width: 197mm
Spine width: 19mm