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'The reader is carried headlong into a maze of violent death, bizarre sex, disguise and terror' Sunday Times

A MAGGOT is not an historical novel in the normal sense. It began as a quirk or obsession (a 'maggot' in the archaic sense of the word) which found its setting in the second wave of Protestant Dissent in England. It took shape as a mystery - a compelling investigation of unaccountable motives and deeds - which led through beguiling paths to a starling vision at its centre.

Reviews

A remarkable and brilliant work of fiction...the imaginative power of the novel is astounding, the technical virtuosity and structural daring equally so

The Times

This altogether admirable novel serves, as all literature should, the forces of subversion. It is a worthy companion to The French Lieutenant's Woman, which does the same thing, but bolder in its experimentation and hence more notable as an artistic achievement

Anthony Burgess, Observer

Compelling and passionate fiction... Fowles's darting imagination skims across the landscape of two and a half centuries

Times Literary Supplement

Brilliant and compelling...he deploys his usual seductive narrative gifts to great effect

Guardian

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    9781409059431

    February 1, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    464 pages

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    John Fowles

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    9780099480419

    January 10, 1997

    Vintage Classics

    464 pages

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