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13 May 2014
Fiction & Literature; Thriller & suspense; Science fiction; Australian Author Sci-Fi; Physics; Space Exploration; Aurealis Award
Two years ago, something terrible was unleashed in an Australian mining town called Broken Hill. Thousands died. Few people know what really happened. Emily Ruff is one of them. She belongs to an elite organisation of 'poets': masters of manipulation who use language to warp others to their will. She was one of their most promising recruits until she made a catastrophic mistake: she fell in love. Wil Parke knows the truth too, only he doesn't remember it. And he doesn't know why he's immune to the poets' powers. But he knows he needs to run. As their stories converge, the past is revealed, and the race is on for a deadly weapon: a word. Because the poets know that words can kill...
By:   Max Barry
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 197mm,  Width: 130mm,  Spine: 26mm
Weight:   285g
ISBN:   9781444764680
ISBN 10:   1444764683
Publication Date:   13 May 2014
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Max Barry is the author of four previous novels, including New York Times Notable Book Jennifer Government and Syrup, soon to be a major film. He is also the creator of the internet mini-phenomenon NationStates, an online political simulation game. He lives in Melbourne, Australia, with his wife and two daughters. He is a cat person. Visit Max Barry's website at, find him at or follow him on

Reviews for Lexicon

A spellbinding, intelligent read...a freewheeling plot intermeshed with linguistic theory and some genuinely creepy horror set-pieces * Guardian * Dazzling and spectacularly inventive. A novel that jams itself sideways into your brain and stays there. -- Mike Carey, author of <i>The Devil You Know </i> Insanely good. Dark and twisted and sweet and humane all at once. -- Lauren Beukes, author of <i>The Shining Girls</i> and <i>Zoo City</i> Delightfully high-concept...think Noam Chomsky meets Christopher Nolan * Vogue * An extraordinarily fast, funny, cerebral thriller -- Lev Grossman * Time * Wonderfully crafted, dark yet humourous, fast-paced and tragic in turn * National * Best thing I've read in a long, long time... a masterpiece -- Hugh Howey, bestselling author of <i>Wool</i> Sophisticated and laden with subtext... clearly reaffirms Barry's status as a gifted purveyor of suspense * Time Out New York * Barry's smartest dystopia yet * * Truly original... a crack-paced thriller... smart and tons of fun * Australian * Gripping... a pitch-perfect thriller, a jetpack of a plot that rocketed me from page one to page 400 in a single afternoon -- Cory Doctorow * BoingBoing * Highly entertaining and engrossing... characters that are both complicated and likeable * SciFi Now * Brilliantly realised... strikingly relevant... a resounding success * SFX *

  • Short-listed for Aurealis Award for Excellence in Fiction: Best Fantasy Novel 2013
  • Short-listed for Aurealis Award for fantasy 2014 (UK)
  • Shortlisted for Aurealis Award for Excellence in Fiction: Best Fantasy Novel 2013.
  • Winner of Alex Award 2014 (UK)
  • Winner of Aurealis Award for Excellence in Fiction: Best Science Fiction Novel 2013
  • Winner of Aurealis Award for Excellence in Fiction: Best Science Fiction Novel 2013.
  • Winner of YALSA Alex Award 2014
  • Winner of YALSA Alex Award 2014.

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