JEFF NOON is an award-winning British novelist, short story writer and playwright. He won the Arthur C Clarke Award for Vurt, the John W Campbell award for Best New Writer, a Tinniswood Award for innovation in radio drama and the Mobil prize for playwriting. He was trained in the visual arts, and was musically active on the punk scene before starting to write plays for the theatre. His work spans SF and fantasy genres, exploring the ever-changing borderzone between genre fiction and the avant-garde.
It's a heady psychedelic mix, packed with literary allusions, which brilliantly explores notions of self-identity, personal awareness and how we fit into our own stories. Rich, inventive and recommended. A moody, grimy, ruthlessly funny read... its sense of play and sly manipulation of reader expectations - about metafiction, weird fiction, and noir - is still quite the trip. By writing a novel set in literature itself the author has created a new psychedelic meta-genre as well as a fantastic story that sticks in the mind long after the novel itself is read. The Body Library is a brilliant piece of writing that does a satisfying job of merging noir, magical realism, and a love of all things literary. A disturbing and bizarre journey by one of the great masters of weird fiction. Noon has written a kaleidoscopic noir novel of dizzying dream logic. Clocks and watches form a recurrent motif in this artful, eerie novel that infuses the mystery genre with symbolism and soul. Wonderful and uniquely absorbing. Noon is the Lewis Carroll of Manchester's housing estates. Noon is a fiercely urban writer. [He] reflects the energy of the rave generation: the hammer and twist of the music, the language of the computer games addict and the buzz of technology. Noon's blend of quirky ideas, striking prose and imaginative characterisations establishes him as one of the most original voices in imaginative fiction. Let's call him the first of the psychedelic fantasists. A virtual wonderland. Humorous, horrific and wildly original... an imaginative masterpiece. Observes most of the conventions of cyberpunk fiction [yet] its imagery is insistently organic, and owes more to the underground pharmacology of the rave scene than to the world of hard wired chips and user interface. Intriguingly textured, reliably witty and inventive, Noon's whirling purposeful fantasy packs a full whallop. outstanding paranormal mystery