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Love and Other Thought Experiments

Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2020

Sophie Ward


This impressive literary debut takes as its premise and inspiration ten of the best-known thought experiments in philosophy - the 'what ifs' of philosophical investigation - and uses them to talk about love in a wholly unique way.
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<p><b>'Sophie Ward is a dazzling talent who writes like a modern-day F Scott Fitzgerald' Elizabeth Day, author of <i>How To Fail</i></b></p><p><b>'An act of such breath-taking imagination, daring and detail that the journey we are on is believable and the debate in the mind non-stop. There are elements of Doris Lessing in the writing - a huge emerging talent here' Fiona Shaw</b><b></b><br /><b></b><br /><b>'A towering literary achievement'</b> <b>Ruth Hogan, author of <i>The Keeper of Lost Things</i></b></p><p><b>'Philosophy meets fiction in this beguiling and intriguing novel of minds, hearts, other worlds, love, death and everything in between. It's a book that dances and dazzles with ideas and left me thinking long after I finished it' Sophie Kinsella</b></p><p>Rachel and Eliza are hoping to have a baby. The couple spend many happy evenings together planning for the future. </p><p>One night Rachel wakes up screaming and tells Eliza that an ant has crawled into her eye and is stuck there. She knows it sounds mad - but she also knows it's true. As a scientist, Eliza won't take Rachel's fear seriously and they have a bitter fight. Suddenly their entire relationship is called into question. </p><p>Inspired by some of the best-known thought experiments in philosophy, particularly philosophy of mind, <i>Love and Other Thought Experiments</i> is a story of love lost and found across the universe.</p>
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Book publisherLittle, Brown Book Group
Publication date6 Feb 2020
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