Publication Date: 02/04/2020 ISBN: 9781786899651 Category:

The Infinite

Patience Agbabi

Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Publication Date: 02/04/2020 ISBN: 9781786899651 Category:
Paperback / Softback




‘Vivid, funny, exciting and inventive’ Philip Pullman
‘Has a magic all of its own’ Bernardine Evaristo
‘What an inspiration. The future just got so much better’ Benjamin Zephaniah


Leaplings, children born on the 29th of February, are very rare. Rarer still are Leaplings with The Gift – the ability to leap through time. Elle Bibi-Imbele Ifie has The Gift, but she’s never used it. Until now.

On her twelfth birthday, Elle and her best friend Big Ben travel to the Time Squad Centre in 2048. Elle has received a mysterious warning from the future. Other Leaplings are disappearing in time – and not everyone at the centre can be trusted.

Soon Elle’s adventure becomes more than a race through time. It’s a race against time. She must fight to save the world as she knows it – before it ceases to exist . . .

Publisher Review

The Infinite is vivid, funny, exciting and inventive. But there are books that are all those things and still don’t work. This works brilliantly, and the characters are so delightful that I don’t think anyone could fail to like them. I was so fond of Elle and Big Ben that I’d have followed them anywhere. Patience Agbabi has created something fresh and original here, and I look forward very much to what she writes next — PHILIP PULLMAN A fascinating, original and smart adventure tale with a rhythmic prose style that leaps off the page into scintillating life. It has a magic all of its own — BERNARDINE EVARISTO The Infinite is so adventurous that it lit up parts of my brain I didn’t know I had. Patience Agbabi has caused a wonderful supernova deep in the literary universe . . . Elle is curious, questioning and fearless. What an inspiration. The future just got so much better — BENJAMIN ZEPHANIAH Astonishing. I can’t stop thinking about it, everyone should read it. It’s rich and diverse and just brilliant — FLEUR HITCHCOCK, author of THE BOY WHO FLEW Fans of Hayley Long’s Sophie Someone will love this imaginative time-travelling caper which follows 12 year-old Leaping Elle. A nail-biting adventure! — JULIA FORSTER, author of WHAT A WAY TO GO In this inventive, mind-boggling tale, Agbabi introduces us to Elle – determined, autistic, time-travelling crimefighter – whose voice will charm and astonish readers everywhere — STEVE TASANE, author of CHILD I Elle is a smart, neurodivergent girl who cares about the health of our planet and quickly sees past lying, scheming adults – she’d do Greta Thunberg proud! Patience Agbabi has given us a superb page turner and thought turner. Get ready for palindromes, leaps across time and leaps of pure reading pleasure! — KIM ZARINS, author of SOMETIMES WE TELL THE TRUTH Wonderful . . . The Infinite is a gripping, funny, futuristic story, brilliantly structured and humanely told in vivid language with a lively cast of characters that will charm, alarm and surprise readers of all ages — CAROLYNE LARRINGTON, author of WINTER IS COMING Elle is a champion of difference on a variety of levels, and her personal triumph will root the narrative in the reader’s mind long after the closing pages * * Irish Times * *

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