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Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2012
Could modernity be an illness? Umbrella follows the story of Audrey Dearth, who fell victim to the encephalitis lethargic sleeping sickness epidemic at the end of the First World War and has been in a coma ever since. Arriving at the asylum she still lingers in, maverick psychiatrist Zack Busner becomes involved in an attempt to bring her back to life - with wholly unforeseen consequences.
©2012 Will Self (P)2012 W F Howes Ltd
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3 out of 5 stars
By Borre on 03-11-13

Probably a great story, but needs better narration

Any additional comments?

A confusing cast of characters and a story line that jumps back and forth in time and place really requires a narrator that can give life to people and places. That did not happen here, so while I see glimpses of brilliance in the story, I am repeatedly confused about where/when we are...

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5 out of 5 stars
By ReadingWild on 12-04-12

Just Perfect

If ever a 'clever book' benefited from being read allowed it's Umbrella - the book is just released from the awful hard to get into tag it was given and becomes fantastic prose, a total joy - and as for the old psych bins, Will self totally and utterly nails it. Perfect.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By sarah on 09-19-13


Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is a great book - I have already recommended it to my Dad and a chap I met in a coffee shop the other day

What was one of the most memorable moments of Umbrella?

The private musings of the main character are my favourite aspects, you really feel like you are inside his head

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The scene when the Doctor goes to see Albert

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes it is very poignant - I laughed out loud and was subdued by the ending

Any additional comments?

Will Self must be very pleased with the bloke who reads this book - he totally brings it to life - loved him - the voices were spot on

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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