Nick Holdstock

Out for the Count

This Census-Taker

By China Miéville

Macmillan 160pp £12.99 order from our bookshop

The main character of China Miéville’s short new novel is an unnamed nine-year-old boy who lives with his mother and father on the upper slopes of a hill. The time and place are unspecified; midway through there is a glancing mention of several previous wars and of people from some other, more developed place who have destroyed most of the technology in the region. It’s also made apparent early on that the narrator is the boy writing many years later in some equally vague time and place, possibly while under detention. 

Follow Literary Review on Twitter