Liz Jensen is the best-selling author of eight novels including
The Ninth Life of Louis Drax
soon to be released as a motion picture starring Jamie Dornan, Sarah Gadon, Aaron Paul and Aiden Longworth. Her critically-acclaimed fiction spans black comedy, science fiction, satire, family drama, historical fantasy and psychological suspense. It has appeared in anthologies, been short-listed for the Guardian Fiction award, nominated three times for the Orange Prize, and translated into twenty languages.
"An exceptional writer"
"A great British author with a talent for brilliantly written and truly original tales"
"Jensen writes with energy and chutzpah about the scarily possible... electric and elegiac"
"An end-of-days blockbuster to haunt your nightmares…unputdownable"
"If there was ever a book that should be read by lots of people then this is it. Prepare to be horribly spooked"
"A masterclass on how to write an engaging thriller about a relevant contemporary issue while still respecting the reader's brain cells....you'll be gripped"
"Deliciously apocalyptic and jammed full of ideas, this is storytelling at its rapturous best"
"Gripping and crammed with ideas, with big, topical themes and well-drawn characters"
"Wonderfully unsettling …An oddly beautiful journey into the darkest corners of the human soul"
"A cracking good read"
“I’m not most kids. I’m Louis Drax. Stuff happens to me that shouldn’t happen, like going on a picnic where you drown.”
Nine-year-old Louis Drax is a problem child: bright, precocious, deceitful, and dangerously, disturbingly, accident prone. When he falls off a cliff into a ravine, the accident seems almost predestined. Louis miraculously survives – but the family has been shattered. Louis’ father has vanished, his mother is paralysed by shock, and Louis lies in a deep coma from which he may never emerge. In a clinic in Provence, Dr Pascal Dannachet tries to coax Louis back to consciousness. But the boy defies medical logic, startling Dannachet out of his safe preconceptions, and drawing him inexorably into the dark heart of Louis’ buried world. Only Louis holds the key to the mystery surrounding his fall – and he can’t communicate. Or can he?