Nick Harkaway

Fictions: Gnomon

Hay Festival 2018 , 
Near-future Britain is not just a nation under surveillance but one built on it: a radical experiment in personal transparency and ambient direct democracy. Every action is seen, every word is recorded. Diana Hunter is a refusenik, a has-been cult novelist who lives in a house with its own Faraday cage: no electronic signals can enter or leave. She runs a lending library and conducts business by barter. She is off the grid in a society where the grid is everything. Denounced, arrested and interrogated by a machine that reads your life history from your brain, she dies in custody. Mielikki Neith is the investigator charged with discovering how this tragedy occurred. Neith is Hunter’s opposite. She is a woman in her prime, a stalwart advocate of the System. It is the most democratic of governments, and Neith will protect it with her life. When Neith opens the record of the interrogation, she finds not Hunter’s mind but four others, none of which can possibly be there...
Harkaway is one of our most inventive, visionary and fantastically entertaining novelists. And this is a masterpiece, set to become a cult classic of our time.
Nick Harkaway