The Seed Collectors

The Seed Collectors Hardback

AUTHOR: Scarlett Thomas
PUBLISHED: 2nd July 2015
ISBN: 9781847679208

Regular Price: £14.99

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"I have no idea why everyone thinks nature is so benign and glorious and wonderful. All nature is trying to do is kill us as efficiently as possible."

Great Aunt Oleander is dead. To each of her nearest and dearest she has left a seed pod. The seed pods might be deadly, but then again they might also contain the secret of enlightenment. Not that anyone has much time for enlightenment. Fleur, left behind at the crumbling Namaste House, must step into Oleander's role as guru to lost and lonely celebrities. Bryony wants to lose the weight she put on after her botanist parents disappeared, but can't stop drinking. And Charlie struggles to make sense of his life after losing the one woman he could truly love.

A complex and fiercely contemporary tale of inheritance, enlightenment, life, death, desire and family trees, The Seed Collectors is the most important novel yet from one of the world's most daring and brilliant writers. As Henry James said of George Eliot's Middlemarch, The Seed Collectors is a 'treasurehouse of detail' revealing all that it means to be connected, to be part of a society, to be part of the universe and to be human.
'<i>The Seed Collectors</i> is entrancing: it's a sharply observed contemporary novel of real people and real plants and real desire and real hurt, and it's somehow also one of the sharpest fantasies I've encountered. A sour-and-sweet delight', NEIL GAIMAN
'You won't read a livelier tale about sex, death and out-of-body experiences all year', SUNDAY TIMES
'Simultaneously sharply-drawn and dreamlike, often hilarious, <i>The Seed Collectors</i> is a baroque family saga of human fallibility, love, eccentricity, sex, spirituality, and of a lost, legendary, coincidentally lethal route to absolute transcendence. Scarlett Thomas is a splendid novelist', WILLIAM GIBSON
'Her prose is splendidly alive, full of unexpected phrases and delicious cadences... like Pratchett, Thomas blends her flippancy and her philosophy perfectly. A fantastical family saga', GUARDIAN
'A delightful compound of fantasy and traditional family saga... a modern fairytale, with flashes that are savagely funny', THE TIMES

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