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  • Published: 16 December 2013
  • ISBN: 9781775530244
  • Imprint: RHNZ Adult ebooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 235

The Whistler


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A brilliant novel about history, the forgetting of it and the rewriting of it, and a satire on a society that has lost compassion in the process.

A brilliant novel about history, the forgetting and rewriting of it, and a satire on a society that has lost compassion in the process.

Smooch is a 'Whistler', a genetically altered lapdog with special talents, including the ability to remember his previous incarnations and to communicate directly from his brain by electronically downloading his thoughts onto disc. Smooch has been reincarnated many times, and has lived on many of the great laps of history, past and future. He can recall many of history's key moments, such as the birth of Jesus and the imprisonment of Mary Queen of Scots.

The Whistler is a virtuosic feat: wise, funny and intelligent. Smooch's current reincarnation is in Sydney in the year 2318. The world has gone to hell: democratic government worldwide has given way to a society run by corporations, pollution is everywhere, and society is heavily stratified between the haves and have nots.

  • Pub date: 16 December 2013
  • ISBN: 9781775530244
  • Imprint: RHNZ Adult ebooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 235

About the Author

Stephanie Johnson

Stephanie Johnson is an accomplished writer whose work includes plays for stage and radio, poetry, scriptwriting and novels. She was shortlisted for the 1999 Montana Book Awards for her previous novel, The Whistler. Her novel The Hearts Wild Surf was a great success in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. She is co-founder of the Auckland Writer's Festival and the 2000 Katherine Mansfield Fellow.

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