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The Ice People Paperback – 15 May 2008

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  • Paperback: 319 pages
  • Publisher: Telegram Books (15 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846590388
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846590382
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.8 x 20.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 348,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Excellent ... intelligent, driven, imaginative, obsessive yet still gracious, one of our best ... Exciting stuff. Fay Weldon

A gem of a book. Rose Tremain

A fantastic book. Mariella Frostrup

A remarkable novel...up there with Orwell and Huxley. --Jeremy Paxman

Ambitious and subtle ... She writes elegantly, unsentimentally, expertly ... The Ice People works persuasively as science fiction, and is truthful about our emotional lives. Nicolette Jones, The Independent

Infused with poetic intensity ... this is a gripping fictional realisation of what we fear: the death of civilisation. Maggie Gee achieves her apocalyptic vision without the clank of hardware and intergalactic wars. Her detail is precise and controlled and her beautifully orchestrated whisper of redemption is rooted in eternal myth. Elizabeth Buchan, The Times

An intriguing novel of ideas, fully fleshed out ... Classy science fiction. --Judith Cook, Mail on Sunday

Mordandly witty, unsparing, politically savvy, a beautifully clear and bracing nasty vision.' TLS

Maggie Gee has gone straight for the jugular in her latest novel. Set in a cold and brutally Darwinian future ... Gee's tale shifts seamlessly between the close and dawn of the next century ... Gee has deftly thrown the inhabitants of our future into a game of survival in which every human tension is accelerated ... Gee's futuristic backdrop allows her to stretch her creative wings beautifully. --Time Out


'Set in the near future, it imagines not a globally warmed world, but an earth slowly returning to aridity and cold. A universal freeze has also descended upon relationships between men and women, who live in morbid segregation, with feathered robots as sexual partners. In a neat reversal of First World-Third World assumptions, Africa's relative warmth offers a last hope to northerly survivors as the novel charts one man's struggle to rescue his alienated son and bring him to where the sun shines' - Rose Tremain.

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