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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

A dystopian vision of perfection from the acclaimed author of Boy A.

In the Britain of a few tomorrows time, physical perfection is commonplace and self improvement has become an extinct expression: all the qualities men and women could aspire to can be purchased prior to birth.

GENUS is a time of genetic selection and enrichment - life chances come on a sliding scale according to wealth. For some there is no money or choice, and an underclass has evolved; London's King's Cross, or The Kross as it is now known, has become a ghetto for the Unimproved. In The Kross, the natural, the dated, the cheap and the dull, live a brittle and unenviable existence. But unrest is growing; tension is mounting and a murderer is abroad in these dark quarters...

Acclaimed author Jonathan Trigell's third novel is a breathtaking tour de force, exploring a dystopia of the not-too-distant-a future which will leave readers wondering not 'what if', as the original audience of Huxley's Brave New World did, but 'when'.


Praise for Jonathan Trigell:

'A compelling narrative, a beautifully structured piece of writing, and a thought-provoking novel of ideas. It's a wonderful debut.' - Sarah Waters, Chair of the Judges for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize on Boy A 'A fine and moving debut novel... compulsively readable... a rare treat' The Independent on Boy A

'Does for extreme winter sports what Alex Garland's The Beach did for backpacking.' - Financial Times on Cham.

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Praise for Genus

  • Confirm(s) the promise of Trigell's splendid debut, Boy A. - Daily Mail

  • No one can fault Trigell's ingenuity. - Times Literary Supplement

  • Confirm(s) the promise of Trigell's splendid debut, Boy A. - Daily Mail

  • No one can fault Trigell's ingenuity. - Times Literary Supplement

  • Trigell doesn't pretend to have any easy answers, only further and more complicated questions. Is genetic perfection a welcome goal? Are humans meant to be free from pain, illness and suffering? Who and what, exactly, defines a disability? - The Independent

  • Trigell's dystopian divided Britain is epically hellish, rendered through the voices of a procession of characters in a heightened prose that intensifies the sense of a decayed, degenerate world about to implode. Although it is science fiction, the world of Genus - where those who can afford it have their children modified before birth - feels as if it might be just around the corner. - Metro

  • It is an old saying among science fiction fans that anyone can predict the car, it takes brains to predict gridlock. It is not the gadget that takes foresight, it is the uses people will make of it, and then the unintended consequences of those uses... No one can fault Trigell's ingenuity - The Times

  • Like Trigell's powerful debut, 'Boy A', a sharp analysis of society underpins this novel. Despite being set in the future, or perhaps because of it, Genus is a blazingly good contemporary novel. - Good Reads

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Jonathan Trigell

Jonathan Trigell was born in Britain, but now lives in the France. He is the author of four thematically very different novels: Boy A; Cham; Genus; and The Tongues of Men or Angels. Much acclaimed, Jonathan has won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, for the best book in the Commonwealth by an author under thirty five; the Waverton Award; the Italian Edoardo Kihlgren Prize; and the inaugural World Book Day Prize. Jonathan's first novel Boy A was dramatized by Cuba Pictures, Channel 4 and The Weinstein Co; starring Andrew Garfield and Peter Mullan. Among other prizes, it won four BAFTA Awards and the Jury Prize at the Berlin Film Festival.

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