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The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore

Benjamin Hale

RRP: £8.99

1 April 2012

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781848875340

RRP: £7.99

1 April 2011

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9780857895424

SHORTLISTED FOR THE DYLAN THOMAS PRIZE 2011

Bruno Littlemore; linguist, artist, philosopher. A life defined by a soaring mind, yet bound by a restrictive body. Born in down-town Chicago, Bruno’s precocity pulls him from an unremarkable childhood, and under the tuition of Lydia, his intellect dazzles a watching world. But when falls in love with his mentor, the world turns on them with outrage: Bruno is striving to be something he is not, and denying everything that he is. For despite his all too human complexities, dreams and frailties, Bruno’s hairy body, flattened nose and jutting brow are, undeniably, the features of a chimpanzee.

Like its protagonist, this novel is big, abrasive, witty, perverse, earnest and accomplished. The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore goes beyond satire by showing us not what it means, but what it feels like be human – to love and lose, learn, aspire, grasp, and, in the end, to fail.

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