The Absolute Book

by Elizabeth Knox

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The Absolute Book

by Elizabeth Knox

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A spellbinding mix of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, American Gods and His Dark Materials, this extraordinary contemporary fantasy is available for pre-order now . . .


Taryn Cornick believes her sister Bea was deliberately run down and killed. She believes it so hard she allows a man called the Muleskinner to exact the justice Bea was denied. An eye for an eye. 

Which is when Taryn's problems really begin. 

Because the police suspect Taryn's involvement in the death. 

Worse, others have their eyes on Taryn - those in a faraway place who know what Taryn's family have been carefully hiding in their vast library. The Absolute Book. 

They want it - and they want Taryn to help find it. 

For the lives of those in more than one world depend upon it . . .


'Intricately plotted and gorgeously written, THE ABSOLUTE BOOK has something for everyone: the search for a mysterious book, talking ravens, police detectives and academics, gods and demons, a giant saltwater crocodile, the bucolic English countryside and magical gates to hidden worlds. Here is a cinematic tale that is by turns dark and dreamlike, yet ultimately hopeful' DEBORAH HARKNESS, author of A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES

'Gorgeous. The payoffs and reveals are mind-blowing' LAINI TAYLOR, author of DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE

'An angelic book, an apocalyptic book, an astounding book' FRANCIS SPUFFORD

Goldsboro Books PREM1ER pick for March 2021. The exclusive edition is signed and numbered with leaf stenciled edges.

  • Publish Date 4 February 2021 (first published 12 September 2019)
  • Publish Status Forthcoming
  • Publish Country GB
  • Publisher Penguin Books Ltd
  • Imprint Michael Joseph Ltd