"I cannot remember the last time I read a novel so beautifully written or utterly compelling from the very first page". (Bill
Bryson, "Sunday Times"). One windy spring day in the Chilterns Joe Rose's calm, organised life is shattered by a ballooning
accident. The afternoon, Rose reflects, could have ended in mere tragedy, but for his brief meeting with Jed Parry. Unknown
to Rose, something passes between them - something that gives birth in Parry to an obsession so powerful that it will test
to the limits Rose's beloved scientific rationalism, threaten the love of his wife Clarissa and drive him to the brink of
murder and madness. "Hypnotically readable". ("Sunday Telegraph").
Designer Vintage Classics edition. Published in
association with the Victoria and Albert Museum. Cover design by Wilkinson Eyre Architects.