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Seeds of a mystery in a great-aunt’s will

Scarlett Thomas’s The Seed Collectors is a clever, chaotic, filthily gorgeous, satirical Aga-saga

27 June 2015

9:00 AM

27 June 2015

9:00 AM

The Seed Collectors Scarlett Thomas

Canongate, pp.417, 14.99, ISBN: 9781847679208

There is something cruelly beautiful, delightfully frustrating and filthily gorgeous about a Scarlett Thomas novel. Two family trees open and close this book: one shows what the characters think they are and how they are related, the other what they are revealed to be. How the couplings shift is less important than the chains of desire that cannot be mapped or taxonomised.

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