Ark Baby

A New York Times Notable Book, and shortlisted for The Guardian Fiction Award

Since the year all British women became infertile, Bobby Sullivan’s London veterinary clinic has been packed with primate ‘children’ and, speaking as an alpha male, he’s sick to death of them. Hoping to reincarnate himself, he moves north, but finds there is no escape from the Darwinian imperative – or from the sexual pull of the luscious twins Rose and Blanche. As the legacy of the girls’ ancestor, Victorian freak Tobias Phelps, begins to connect with a century of history, religion, and evolutionary theory, new hope looms for the nation’s future.

‘Ambitious, mischievous, clever and very funny’ Time Out

‘Superb … a complex, intelligent novel which draws upon a vast array of ideas without ever losing coherence … magnificently crowded, wonderfully funny fiction’ Daily Telegraph

‘Exuberant and exhilarating … Ark Baby is a magnificent novel, which is intellectually and imaginatively challenging and yet utterly accessible. It is bold and original, quick-witted and big-hearted’ Daily Mail

‘Sparklingly entertaining’ Harpers & Queen

‘One of Britain’s great new literary talents’ Elle

‘A comic, clever extravaganza … readers will relish the zestful gush of original ideas and bright images’ Sunday Telegraph

‘A massively ambitious, comic dystopic satire … Jensen is as sharp as a needle’ Literary Review

‘Mingling the bizarre with the morbid, violent, high-spirited and fantastic’ Scotland on Sunday

‘A comic novel that delivers both laughs and a thoughtful take on end-of-millennium angst’ The Guardian

‘Clever, funny and skilful’ The Times