The Ministry of Time: One of the Observer's Debut Novels of 2024 by Kaliane Bradley ISBN:9781399726351

The Ministry of Time by Kaliane Bradley

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‘Outrageously brilliant’ ELEANOR CATTON

‘Make room on your bookshelves for a new classic’ MAX PORTER

‘Thought-provoking and horribly clever – but it also made me laugh out loud’ ALICE WINN

With its ingenious concept and gripping plot, The Ministry of Time is the most fun you could possibly ever have while engaging so seriously with history and our place in it’ DIANA REID

‘Funny, moving, original, intelligent, beautifully written and with a thunderous plot’ NATHAN FILER

‘As electric, charming, whimsical and strange as its ripped-from-history cast’ EMILY HENRY

‘Within the first couple of pages I was gripped’ KATE MOSSE

A BOY MEETS A GIRL. THE PAST MEETS THE FUTURE. A FINGER MEETS A TRIGGER. THE BEGINNING MEETS THE END.

In the near future, a disaffected civil servant is offered a lucrative job in a mysterious new government ministry gathering ‘expats’ from across history to test the limits of time-travel.

Her role is to work as a ‘bridge’: living with, assisting and monitoring the expat known as ‘1847’ – Commander Graham Gore. As far as history is concerned, Commander Gore died on Sir John Franklin’s doomed expedition to the Arctic, so he’s a little disoriented to find himself alive and surrounded by outlandish concepts such as ‘washing machine’, ‘Spotify’ and ‘the collapse of the British Empire’. With an appetite for discovery and a seven-a-day cigarette habit, he soon adjusts; and during a long, sultry summer he and his bridge move from awkwardness to genuine friendship, to something more.

But as the true shape of the project that brought them together begins to emerge, Gore and the bridge are forced to confront their past choices and imagined futures. Can love triumph over the structures and histories that have shaped them? And how do you defy history when history is living in your house?

The Time Traveller’s Wife meets Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow in a wildly original debut novel by a major new talent.


About the Author: Kaliane Bradley is a British-Cambodian writer and editor based in London. Her short stories have appeared in Electric Literature, Catapult, Somesuch Stories and The Willowherb Review, among others. She was the winner of the 2022 Harper’s Bazaar Short Story Prize and the 2022 V. S. Pritchett Short Story Prize. The Ministry of Time is her first novel.

07 May 2024
 

Additional information

Format

Paperback / softback

Genre

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

Readership Level

General (US: Trade)

ISBN

9781399726351

Publication Date

07 May 2024

The Ministry of Time: One of the Observer’s Debut Novels of 2024 by Kaliane Bradley ISBN 9781399726351

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