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Book Information

  • ISBN: 9781509812134
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pub Date: 30/05/2017
  • Category: Fiction & related items / Fantasy
    Fiction & related items / Science fiction
  • Imprint: Picador
  • Pages: 160
  • Price: $19.99

In a remote house on a hilltop, a lonely boy witnesses a traumatic event. He tries - and fails - to flee. Left alone with his increasingly deranged parent, he dreams of safety, of joining the other children in the town below, of escape.

When at last a stranger knocks at his door, the boy senses that his days of isolation might be over.

But by what authority does this man keep the meticulous records he carries? What is the purpose behind his questions? Is he friend? Enemy? Or something else altogether?

A novella filled with beauty, terror and strangeness, This Census-Taker is a poignant and riveting exploration of memory and identity.

Author Information

China Miéville is the multiple award-winning author of many books, including The City & The City, Embassytown and Perdido Street Station. In addition to This Census-Taker, he is also the author of the novella The Last Days of New Paris, and the short story collections Three Moments of an Explosion and Looking for Jake and Other Stories. He lives and works in London.

China Mieville has lived all his life in London. His first novel, King Rat, received superb reviews and was nominated for fantasy awards, and his second, Perdido Street Station, astonished the literary world with its imaginative power and sheer inventiveness. It won the Arthur C Clarke award and the British Fantasy Award in 2001.

The Scar followed that book in 2002, and in 2004, China's fourth novel, Iron Council was published. It won the Arthur C Clarke award for 2005. His most recent work is Looking for Jake.