ArcadiaBook - 2017
In a major suspense novel set to surpass the internationally bestselling An Instance of the Fingerpost comes a dazzling story of youth, love and murderous ambition--a novel of time travel spanning three beautifully detailed worlds: the intellectual spires of Oxford in 1960, an ancient Arcadian world, and a dystopian future.
In 1960, Henry Lytten is an Oxford don who dabbles in espionage and fiction writing. Rosie Wilson is the quick-witted, curious 15-year-old girl who feeds Professor Lytten's cat. Several hundred years in the future, living in a dystopian society on the Isle of Mull, is Angela Meerson--a brilliant psychomathematician who has discovered the world-changing potential of a powerful new machine. Somewhere, sometime, is Jay--a scholar's apprentice in an idyllic, pastoral land. Who these people really are, and how their stories come together, will be revealed in Iain Pears's fascinating great puzzle of a novel.
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Realizing that her discovery allows travel not to alternate universes but to the past, Dr. Angela Meerson sees the potential for harm, destroys her research and uses her machine to escape those who would abuse her discovery by travelling into the past herself. In 1960's England Meerson meets an academic and dabbling author whose notes about a book called Arcadia she uses to create a new machine so that she can continue her research and solve the problems of the future. When a teenage girl steps through the machine and finds herself in Arcadia the collision of past, present and possible futures becomes another threat to manage. Pursued by other time-travellers, under suspicion of being a spy and plagued by the problem of her experiment with Arcadia taking on a life of its own Meerson struggles with working out the role she can play in shaping or saving the future.
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