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The Ninth Life of Louis Drax

A Novel

by Liz Jensen

The Ninth Life of Louis Drax by Liz Jensen
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    Jan 2005, 240 pages
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    Jan 2006, 240 pages

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Liz Jensen has written four books before this, but she describes The Ninth Life as her first 'grown up' book.

  • Egg Dancing (1996): 'Yes, the story is often overwhelmed by delusions, hallucinations and trips through altered reality. But Jensen has a real gift for wickedly black humor - and enough stylistic panache to hold a reader's attention firmly through the thicket of her excesses.' (Publishers Weekly)
  • Ark Baby (UK 1998, US 1999): 'Strained would-be satire, with its intellectual and narrative punch diluted by very obvious foreshadowing.' (Kirkus Reviews).
  • Paper Eater (2000 in UK, apparently not available in the US): 'Funny and richly imagined, this is as timely a warning about rampant consumerism as Orwell's 1984 was about state control'
    (Sunday Express)
  • War Crimes For The Home (2002): 'The term "dark humour" doesn't do Liz Jensen justice ... You will laugh aloud at the beginning — and probably weep at the end.'  (The Daily Telegraph).

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