"In moments of intense action, we're with this protagonist every inch of the way, through every thought, dive, ache, smell, itch, tast and gastric movement... vertiginously thrilling" (Observer
"Hold on tight and enjoy the ride... Tremendous stuff" (Independent
is a page turning story of a man's ambition to be the very best. Based on real events and using real people, it places this fictitious character in a period when space itself was there for the taking. Beautifully written, it's a book that deserves to be read
" (Angela Cooke Daily Express
"A Russian version of The Right Stuff
... Riveting" (Daily Telegraph
"One of the most potent and unusual works of literary fiction I've read in years... Mercurio's Yefgenii is as real as anyone you've ever cared about. And care you will" (Michael Faber Guardian
A truly stunning novel - spare, powerful and ultimately awesome - Ascent
will propel Jed Mercurio into the first rank of British novelists.
From the Publisher
A truly stunning novel spare, powerful and ultimately awesome Ascent will propel Jed Mercurio into the first rank of British novelists.
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About the Author
Jed Mercurio's first novel, Bodies
, was chosen as one of the five best debuts of
2002 by the Guardian.
His adaptation won the Royal Television Society Award for Best Drama Series of 2005. His second novel, Ascent,
was published in 2007 and his third, American Adulterer,