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The Notable Brain of Maximilian Ponder - J W Ironmonger

The Notable Brain of Maximilian Ponder - J W Ironmonger

Author:  J W Ironmonger

ISBN:  9780297866091

Weight:  990 g

Lined and prepublication dated signed first edition, first printing



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The Notable Brain of Maximilian Ponder – J W Ironmonger

Maximilian Ponder is lying face up, dead, on the dining table in his own front room.  This is something you really should know, right from the start.

Max would also have wanted you to know that this is a Henri II style, French, walnut extending dining table, standing on solid turned legs with fretwork decor to the middle, also with ebony and sandalwood inlay, designed by the French furniture maker Nicolas Rastin and probably dating from around 1900…

Maximilian Ponder shut himself away for thirty years in an attempt to record every memory he ever had.  Now he lies dead, surrounded by his magnum opus – The Catalogue – an exhaustive set of notebooks and journals that he hopes will form the map of one human mind.  But before his friend Adam Last can call the police and inform them of Max’s death, one rather gruesome task remains in order for Max’s project to be complete.

Interspersed with sections from The Catalogue, Adam tells the story of the man he knew a man whose life changed dramatically the day he buried a dead labrador and fought a duel with his father.  What emerges is both the story of a friendship, and also of a lifelong obsession, a quest to understand the human mind, memory, and what constitutes a life.

A stunning debut about friendship, memory, and what creates a life.

Bibliographic Data
Title:The Notable Brain of Maximilian Ponder
Book Features
Edition / printing:First edition, first printing
Book features:Red boards with silver-coloured author and title text
Overall condition:Fine / Very fine – some light pushing to spine ends
Signed:Yes – on the title page
Lined:Yes – Do not try this at home! (last line of the postscripts)
Dated:Yes – 21:lll:12 (pre-publication)
Book Stats
Publisher:Orion Publishing Group
Imprint:Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Awards and prizes:Shortlisted for the 2012 Costa First Novel Award.
Publication date:
Printed by:Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13:9780297866091
ISBN 10:0297866095
Format:Hardcover with dust jacket
H x W x D:242 x 160 x 30mm
Design Credits
Jacket design:Edward Bettison Design & Art Direction
Jacket image:Edward Bettison Design & Art Direction

Collectors Notes

  • The Notable Brain of Maximilian Ponder is shortlisted for the 2012 Costa First Novel Award.

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