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Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway

Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway

Author:  Nick Harkaway

ISBN:  9780434020942

Weight:  990g

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Angelmaker – Nick Harkaway

From the acclaimed author of The Gone-Away World – a new riveting action spy thriller, blistering gangster noir and howling absurdist comedy: a propulsively entertaining tale about a mobster’s son and a retired secret agent who are forced to team up to save the world.

All Joe Spork wants is a quiet life.  He repairs clockwork and lives above his shop in a wet, unknown bit of London.  The bills don’t always get paid and he’s single and has no prospects of improving his lot, but at least he’s not trying to compete with the reputation of Mathew ‘Tommy Gun’ Spork, his infamous criminal dad.

Edie Banister lives quietly and wishes she didn’t.  She’s nearly ninety and remembers when she wasn’t.  She’s a former superspy and now she’s… well… old.  Worse yet, the things she fought to save don’t seem to exist anymore, and she’s beginning to wonder if they ever did.

When Joe fixes one particularly unusual device, his life is suddenly upended.  The client?  Unknown.  And the device?  It’s a 1950s doomsday machine.  And having triggered it, Joe now faces the wrath of both the government and a diabolical South Asian dictator, Edie’s old arch-nemesis.

With Joe’s once-quiet world now populated with mad monks, psychopathic serial killers, scientific geniuses and threats to the future of conscious life in the universe, he realises that the only way to survive is to muster the courage to fight, help Edie complete a mission she gave up years ago, and pick up his father’s old gun…

…brilliantly entertaining, and the last hundred pages are pure, unhinged delight.

Patrick Ness (Chaos Walking Trilogy), The Guardian

Bibliographic Data
Book Features
Edition / printing:First edition, first printing
Book features:Navy blue boards with gold-coloured author and title text on spine and marbled endpapers.
Jacket features:Part matt, part gloss laminate finish.
Overall condition:Fine / Very fine – some minor pushing to spine ends.
Signed:Yes – on the title page
Book Stats
Publisher:Cornerstone Publishing
Imprint:William Heinemann
Awards and prizes:Winner of the Red Tentacle (Novel) category in the 2012 Kitschies Awards
Publication date:
Printed by:Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13:9780434020942
ISBN 10:043402094X
Format:Hardcover with dust jacket
H x W x D:241 x 161 x 50mm
Design Credits
Author photo:Rory Lindsay
Jacket design:Glenn O'Neill
Key jacket motif:Golden bees taken from 'Queen Bee' sculpture at the Eureka Tower in Melbourne, Australia, courtesy of Richard Stringer
Jacket photos:Peter Schickert / Superstock | iStockphoto (gramophone) | Marilyn Nieves / Getty Images (cogs) | David Joel / Getty Images (cogs)

Collectors Notes

  • The UK edition of Angelmaker, published 02 February 2012, is the true first edition of this book, as the US edition was not out until the 20 March.
  • For more information, you might like to visit Nick Harkaway’s website.  This is a rich source of info on his life, books and future projects.

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