PUBLISHERS OF LITERARY FICTION SINCE 1983
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Elderly Scottish bookworm Mr Mee searches the internet for a legendary encyclopedia outlining an 18th c quantum theory. Instead he enters a strange new world of cyber-hoaxers and online pornography. Meanwhile a university lecturer describes research on Jean-Jacques Rousseau and an infatuation with one of his students. And in the third strand of this unique comedy of ideas, set in the spring of 1761, Rousseau's neighbours hold the key to the writer's madness, the lost encyclopedia, and Mr Mee himself.
Longlisted for The Booker Prize and the Impac Prize it sparkles with imagination and wit and is a real joy to read.