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From the author of the cult hit THE LONG FIRM, a mind-bending, thrilling journey into 20th-century history and outer space.
In 1941, Larry Zagorski was a naive young writer of science-fiction. Seven decades on, he looks back on that crucial year and traces his place in a mysterious web - one that connects the Second World War with the Space Age, stretches from London to Cuba and Southern California, and links Ian Fleming with Rudolf Hess in a conspiracy that reverberates in the present.
Could this be the secret history of the 20th century? In this thrilling tale of spies and propagandists, the conned and the heartbroken, dreamers and fanatics, the question is:
who will you believe?
It may be the ideal holiday read for those who like to take their brains with them on vacation. - Mark Lawson, Guardian
Highly entertaining and perhaps even mind-expanding, Arnott's high-class conjuring act shows that truth really is stranger than fiction. - Phil Baker, The Sunday Times
A supremely intelligent book as well as a surprisingly warm one. - Roz Kaveney, Independent
Arnott offers a brightly coloured portrait of our times that is alternatively intimate and epic...The House of Rumour is a brilliant achievement that invites repeated readings - James Kidd, Independent on Sunday
If this is that dark Prince Arnott's Jonbar Hinge, the future looks bright. - Andrew Anthony, Observer
A potent mix of fact and fiction that takes on 20th-century history but remains a page-turner - Elle
The House of Rumour is a page-turner with exceptional style, depth, thought, camp, counter-history and intrigue. It's both sci-fi/fantasy pulp and an ambitiously epic work of cosmic proportions: a welcome paradox of a novel that boldly toys with the boundaries between high and low-brow art. - Kirkus Review
It isn't a book, it's a revelation. - Geek Syndicate blog
The world of intelligence, the world of creativity, the world of the occult - all these dance round each other flirtatiously...Arnott is not just a cynical games player fascinated by the possibilities of structure and thought experiments. He has the capacity to make us care about humanity...Whatever he touches on feels right, whether he has made it up or looked it up; this is a supremely intelligent book as well as a surprisingly warm one. - Roz Kaveney, Independent
extraordinarily imaginative - Henry Sutton, Daily Mirror
Above all, Arnott is forgiving of humankind, of our high aspirations and our failure to meet them, of our low behaviour and our unwillingness to take resp
PRAISE FOR THE HOUSE OF RUMOUR:
Arnott offers a brightly coloured portrait of our times that is alternatively intimate and epic...The House of Rumour is a brilliant achievement that invites repeated readings... - James Kidd, Independent on Sunday
Arnott is a writer of many shades and shows his penchant for
meticulously researched, full of skilful literary ventriloquism and the occasional pastiche (the Fleming section, for example, deftly parodies that author's pragmatic prose style).
"A conspiracy thriller filled with bewildering connections, dark conjecture and arcane information, The House of Rumour perhaps most resembles The Da Vinci Code, rewritten by an author with the gifts of characterisation, wit and literacy. It may be the ideal holiday read for those who like to take their brains with them on vacation." - Mark Lawson, Guardian
I loved this book...Once the connections start to engage, it snaps into sharp focus and the structure of the whole comes plain...The artistry of it is stunning - Maya Panika
'Arnott's ability to powerfully resurrect an era is astonishing' - Guardian
Praise for THE DEVIL'S PAINTBRUSH:
Arnott is quite brilliant at excavating the cultural minutiae of the time to bring the period vividly to life - Independent on Sunday
The world of intelligence, the world of creativity, the world of the occult - all these dance round each other flirtatiously...He has the capacity to make us care about humanity...Whatever he touches on feels right, whether he has made it up or looked it up; this is a supremely intelligent book as well as a surprisingly warm one. - Roz Kaveney, Independent
dazzling...Shifting character and prose style throughout, Arnott blurs the line between fact and fiction with daring expert precision. - Shortlist
Jake Arnott was born in 1961, and lives in London. He is the author of THE LONG FIRM, published by Sceptre in 1999 and subsequently made into an acclaimed BBC TV series. His second novel, HE KILLS COPPERS, was also made into a series by Channel 4. He has since published the novels TRUECRIME, JOHNNY COME HOME, THE DEVIL'S PAINTBRUSH and THE HOUSE OF RUMOUR.