LANDING ON THE SUN


LANDING ON THE SUN

MICHAEL FRAYN    Book Number: 87696    Product format: Paperback

Ever since an obscure Civil Servant called Stephen Summerchild fell to his death from a window in the Admiralty, rumours have circulated about a connection with some secret defence project. Now as a TV company reinvestigates the case, the Cabinet Office feels it may be prudent to make a reassessment of its own, in case of any sudden alarm at Number Ten. Brian Jessel, a young member of the Cabinet Office, is diverted from his routine work and asked to prepare an internal report. Slowly from the archives in the registry dating to 15 years earlier, he reconstructs Summerchild's last months. It begins to emerge that, at a time when America has just put men on the moon, the British were involved in an even bolder project, and that Summerchild was investigating a phenomenon as common as sunlight, but as powerful and dangerous as any of the forces that modern science has known. The secret world into which Brian Jessel stumbles turns out to be even more extraordinary than his department had feared. The novel lifts the lid off the arcane world of the Civil Service and the heady nature of love and madness. Beautiful prose and delicate irony from this skilful writer. 259pp in paperback reprint of the 1991 original.
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