William Gibson‘s highly-anticipated new novel, AGENCY was published in the UK last Thursday, by Viking. The novel has been very well received, hitting the top of various Amazon and other charts. In addition, Foyles in London really went all-out! Check out their fantastic window display…
… and this prominent ‘Highlights’ display for the book! (They also have a limited stock of exclusive signed editions — so rush to Foyles if you need one for your collection!)
(Photo Credits: Andy Taylor @ Penguin)
Not only that, but the novel also received a fantastic review in the Guardian by M John Harrison. Below is just a pull-quote, but it’s well worth reading the full review.
‘This dazzling vision of politics and power across alternate timelines is both observation and warning… begins with the classic Gibsonian unboxing scene… a sensual, remarkably visual ride, vigorous with displays of conceptual imagination and humour.’
In case you’ve missed it, here’s the synopsis for the novel…
San Francisco, 2017. Clinton’s in the White House, Brexit never happened — and Verity Jane’s got herself a new job.
They call Verity ‘the app-whisperer’, and she’s just been hired by a shadowy start-up to evaluate a pair-of-glasses-cum-digital-assistant called Eunice. Only Eunice has other ideas.
Pretty soon, Verity knows that Eunice is smarter than anyone she’s ever met, conceals some serious capabilities and is profoundly paranoid – which is just as well since suddenly some bad people are after Verity.
Meanwhile, in a post-apocalyptic London a century from now, PR fixer Wilf Netherton is tasked by all-seeing policewoman Ainsley Lowbeer with interfering in the alternative past in which Verity and Eunice exist. It appears something nasty is about to happen there — and fixing it will require not only Eunice’s unique human-AI skillset but also a little help from the future.
A future which Verity soon fears may never be…
Zeno represents William Gibson in the UK and Commonwealth, on behalf of Nell Pierce at Sterling Lord Literistic.