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Topics About Which I Know Nothing [Paperback]

Patrick Ness
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30 Jan 2014

Scintillating, surprising, inventive fiction from one of the most talented writers in Britain – this is a superb collection of short stories from the acclaimed author of the Chaos Walking series and ‘More Than This’.

Have you heard the urban myth about Jesus's double-jointed elbows yet? 100% true. Or seen the latest reports on the 'groomgrabbing' trend – the benevolent kidnapping of badly-dressed children by their well-meaning (and more dapper) elders? Heard the one about the Amazon from the Isle of Man? Or perhaps you'd like a job in telesales, offering self-defence classes over the phone? Don't worry, as long as you meet the weekly quota, you won't be sent to the end of the hall…

Wonderfully original, fresh and funny, ‘Topics About Which I Know Nothing’ is stuffed to the gills with dizzyingly inventive writing and warming, puzzling emotions – a fictional guide to how the world might have turned out.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate; New Ed edition (30 Jan 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007139446
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007139446
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Patrick Ness is the author of the Chaos Walking Trilogy - The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and the Answer, and Monsters of Men - for which he has won numerous awards, including the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the BookTrust Teenage Prize and the Costa Children's Book Award. He has also been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. He lives in London.

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‘This collection of short stories goes off in myriad directions, each wild conceit different, each one executed with the deceptive ease of a catchy song. All of them are sprinkled with humour and zest but none are inconsequential.’ Arena

‘Ness’s first collection brims with inventiveness and creative audacity.’ Daily Telegraph

‘Ness’s take on the absurd and offbeat is sharp, intelligent and funny.’ Time Out

'An utterly compelling account of a young man out in the world … A truly remarkable fictional character' The Times

'Remarkable, an extraordinary, yet utterly convincing creation' The Scotsman

‘Sparkling humour … Ness has a wonderful imagination: creative, unpretentious and pleasingly bonkers.’ Metro (London)

‘Very, very funny … a unique comic manifesto from a very talented newcomer.‘ Daily Express

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New fiction by the author of The Crash of Hennington --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Scintillating tales 22 Sep 2004
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This is a wonderful collection of short stories, each one packed with its own secrets and power, all very different from each other. The prose is full of excitement and energy, and sparkles from the page. Particular favourites were the eccentric and witty "2,115 Opportunities" and the downbeat and despairing "The Gifted".
I would recommend this book to anyone, and will definitely be seeking more of this author's work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book from Patrick Ness 28 Jan 2013
By brassk
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Patrick Ness is probably one of my favourite modern authors - I've loved everything he's written and these short stories are equally as well written and engaging as his novels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars From New York 17 Oct 2007
Each of these stories are very different and each illustrate the amazing and diverse talent of the author. They will make you laugh, cry and ponder the human condition. Mr. Ness is in love with the language and uses it to it's fullest.
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2.0 out of 5 stars huge expectations but.... 10 Jun 2012
By LizLaz
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i had such high expectations after reading the chaos walking series and a monster call ( also by patrick ness) but i was disappointed by this as many on the short stories had no plot to grasp you. to be fair there were a couple that were very good but it wasnt worth the money i paid and i expected more from an author who i know can do ( in my opinion) much better. not for me this one, sorry Pat
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3.0 out of 5 stars A different kind of read 16 Mar 2010
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This is Patrick Ness of `The Knife of Never Letting Go' and `The Ask and Answer' fame second book, a collection of stories, which are very individual.

An interesting collection of stories, an insight into how great a writer Patrick Ness is.
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