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David Eagleman
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An absolute pearl of a book (Stephen Fry)

Elegant, surreal and philosophically questioning, each story from neuroscientist Eagleman offers an inventive, thought-provoking blend of science and romance (Metro)

Sum is terrific. The inventiveness, the clarity and wit of the prose, the calm air of moral understanding that pervades the whole thing, add up to something completly original. (Philip Pullman)

This stunningly original book is little more than 100 pages long. You can get through it in an hour, but you'd be mad to hurry, and you will certainly want to return to it many times . . . Sum has the unaccountable, jaw-dropping quality of genius. It seems exquisitely adapted to fill the contemporary longing for a kind of secular holy book. (Geoff Dyer Observer)

Anything that tells us, convincingly, that this really may be the best of all possible worlds has something big going for it (Guardian)

I suppose there could be people who dislike Canongate's latest find . . . those, dare one say it, without poetry in their souls. For the rest - the millions who even in a post-religious, secular society find themselves at unexpected moments wondering who or what God is, if he's not a little old man sitting on a cloud. (Mary Crockett Scotsman)

Never short of new ideas, all of them rolled out with style (Independent)

Witty, bright, sharp and unexpected - as surprising a book as I've read for years. Every story is a new Heaven (Brian Eno)

Wacky and whimsical; a little goes a long way. (Sue Arnold The Guardian)

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Sum is terrific... The inventiveness, the clarity and wit of the prose...add up to something completely original. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Sum is an imaginative and provocative book.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Book Description

Forty brilliantly engaging tales of what the afterlife might be like. The first 'surprise' bestseller of the Twitter generation.

From the Inside Flap

What happens to us when we die? And what does that tell us about being human?

In the afterlife you may find that God is the size of a microbe and unaware of your existence. Or you may find the afterlife contains only those people whom you remember. In some afterlives you are split into all your different ages, in some you are recreated based on your credit card records and in others you are forced to live with annoying versions of yourself that represent what you could have been.

In these wonderfully imagined tales - at once funny, wistful and unsettling - Eagleman kicks over the chessboard of traditional notions and offers us a dazzling lens through which to see ourselves here and now. His stories are rooted in science and romance and awe at our mysterious existence: a mixture of hope, love and death that cuts through human nature at innovative angles.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

From the Back Cover

'Sum has the unaccountable, jaw-dropping quality of genius.'

Observer

In this startling book, David Eagleman shows us forty possibilities of life beyond death. With wit and humanity, he asks the key questions about existence, hope, technology and love. These stories are full of big ideas and bold

imagination.

'This delightful, thought-provoking little collection . . . will haunt the reader long after the last page has been turned.' Alexander McCall Smith

'Elegant, surreal and philosophically questioning, each story from neuroscientist Eagleman offers an inventive, thoughtprovoking blend of science and romance.' Metro

'Sum is terrific . . . The inventiveness, the clarity and wit of the prose and the calm air of moral understanding that

pervades this book add up to something completely original.' Philip Pullman

'Read Sum and be amazed.' Time

About the Author

David Eagleman, PHD, is a neuroscientist at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston Texas where his research laboratory is developing a reputation for doing some of the most unusual experiments in contemporary neuroscience. He has had essays published in all manner of journals including Nature and Science. He also lectures widely and continues to be invited to speak at universities all around the world.
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