Each of the characters in this novel faces a test of courage, though not necessarily the one he foresaw. Naturally, there are certain coloured pills, a revolver, and a child who cannot be trusted, as the summer of '97, the summer of the comet, reaches its surprising conclusion.
++ Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2001 ++
++ Shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel Award ++
Shortlisted for the Booker Prize, a deeply moving exploration of courage, love and liberation in the modern age
"1 'Complex and elegantly constructed... an admirably restrained piece of writing, tender, funny, witty, profound, Oxygen confirms Miller's exceptional gifts and leaves one gasping for more.' - Susie Maguire, Glasgow Sunday Herald 2 'With Oxygen, Andrew Miller confirms his reputation as one of our most skilful chroniclers of the human heart and mind... a thoughtful, complex and satisfying work... its interplay of ideas, its nuance of character and above all its confident sensibility make it a deeply pleasurable read.' - Caroline Gascoigne, Sunday Times 3 'A beautifully written novel, which extols the power of love... it proves Andrew Miller to be a writer of rare ability. This is his only work with a contemporary setting and it grabs your attention to the last page.' - Maggie Douglas, Daily Express 4 'Miller's use of imagery is always unexpected, sometimes astonishing... the subtlety of his observation remains a delight... it is also impossible to put down' - Christopher Fowler, Independent on Sunday
Andrew Miller was born in Bristol in 1960 and grew up in the West Country. He has lived in Spain, Japan, Ireland and France, but currently lives in London. His first novel, INGENIOUS PAIN, was published by Sceptre in 1997 and won the James Tait Black Memorial Award for Fiction, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Grinzane Cavour prize in Italy. His second novel, CASANOVA, met with similar acclaim on its publication in 1998, and both books are being adapted for film