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The Anomaly

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2023 Arthur C. Clarke Award (nominee)


Discover the award-winning international sensation that will keep you gripped until the very last page...

'Just when you think you've worked it out . . . well, you probably haven't'DAILY MAIL
'Mind-bending. Written with page-turning conviction' THE TIMES
'A mind-bending, prize-winning speculative thriller'GUARDIAN
'An intoxicating mix of the magical and life's big questions'FINANCIAL TIMES

No one knows how it happened. But it'll change their lives forever . . .

During a terrifying storm, Air France flight 006 - inexplicably - duplicates.

For every passenger, there are now two: a double with the same mind, body and memories.

Only one thing sets them apart - while one plane lands in March, the other doesn't arrive until June.

Nothing can explain this unprecedented event. But for each duplicated passenger, an impossible moment of reckoning awaits.

If there are two of you, and just one life . . . who gets to live it?

New York Times: Best Thriller of the Year
Publishers Weekly: Best Thriller of the Year
Lit Hub: Favourite Book of the Year
CrimeReads: Best International Crime Novel of the Year
PopSugar: Best Mystery/Thriller of the Month


Readers LOVE The Anomaly:

'I absolutely loved this
thrilling, addictive book' 5* Reader Review

'This book
spun my head. Fascinating, fantastic and thought provoking' 5* Reader Review

'I absolutely love this book. It's a
one-of-a-kind story, with perfect pacing. I would highly recommend' 5* Reader Review

'An incredible read -
intriguing and original.Keeps you fascinated until the very last page' 5* Reader Review

brilliant read . . . So cleverly written' 5* Reader Review

Genre: Science Fiction

Praise for this book

"I was completely blown away by this genre-defying masterpiece. Part thriller, part philosophical rumination on what makes us human, and with a dash of theoretical physics; this is an absolute must-read." - Sarah Bonner

"The Anomaly is one and ten novels at once, brilliantly connecting every mystery of intimacy with the great mystery of humanity." - Michel Bussi

"Wow, what an exciting, original blend of theory and heart. It's astonishing. I can't describe it, except to say: read it, and prepare for a whole new perspective on your own existence - and plane travel." - Janice Hallett

"A witty, erudite novel, teeming and minutely detailed, a treat throughout, with-at its centre-that head-spinning conceit that will leave you deep in thought for a long time after reading the final page. It is rare to have so much fun with something so intelligent." - Nicolas Mathieu

"In The Anomaly, Herve Le Tellier has delivered a volatile and compelling thriller that has you hurtling toward the mystery at the heart of the novel from page one. The Anomaly is a gripping and moving blend of Blake Crouch's Dark Matter, the television show Lost, with a bit of The Philadelphia Experiment thrown in for good measure. I couldn't put it down." - Terry Miles

"A uniquely, gloriously, provocatively French contribution to the sci-fi thriller genre - it will keep you guessing, get your heart pounding, and make you feel and wonder and - above all - think." - Sam J Miller

"Exhilarating, thought-provoking, funny, and devastating. The Anomaly is unlike anything else I've read this year." - Laure Van Rensburg

"Buckle your seatbelts, as Herve le Tellier takes you on an extraordinary ride. You won't want to put this book down until the very last page!" - Leïla Slimani

"It's a phenomenal read. I loved how it tied together. So clever yet also so gripping." - Harriet Tyce

"The Anomaly is a brilliant balancing act of a novel, a fantastic rush and ride that works on myriad levels, at various depths, and in a multitude of styles. It's a precise and erudite literary treat, a comedic sociopolitical-religious skewering of these contemporary times, a philosophical-scientific-mathematical dive into the puzzles of possibility, space, and time, and an ingenious thought experiment that lends itself easily to ad infinitum analysis and dissection. It's also entirely grounded in human nature. Le Tellier's pointillistic characters are, like all of us, buffeted by desires, seeking love, striving, aging, making good and bad decisions, choosing the right or wrong paths, believing they know and understand themselves, utterly trusting in free will. Highly intelligent, ironic without cheap cynicism, The Anomaly is an immensely fun novel, an immersive experience that leaves the reader analysing everything anew." - Cherise Wolas

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