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'A captivating, intelligent and deeply affecting exploration of science, literature and ideas'
Tom McCarthy, Man Booker nominee and author of C, Remainder and Satin Island

THE HUMAN SCRIPT: A NOVEL IN 23 CHROMOSOMES
London in the spring of 2000: Chris Putnam, a young scientist working on the Human Genome Project, is grieving for the end of his first relationship and for
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 2015 by Red Button Publishing (first published April 11th 2013)
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Alix Long
Dec 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
As soon as I had a copy of The Human Script in my hands, I knew it was a book that would challenge me. After reading I can safely say that I haven't read another book like it in my life. The Human Script is a novel that is so strongly self-aware that it keeps the reader on tenterhooks for the entirety of the story. It is a distinctly modern novel that cuts through all conventions of literature. The protagonist, Chris Putnam, leads the reader through the maze of his mind that is never quite sure, ...more
Jackie Law
Oct 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Human Script, by Johnny Rich, looks at life and what that means. It asks big questions within the context of a fictional tale, pondering how much of what matters to an individual is a construct and how much is real. It explores cause and effect, nature and nurture. It demonstrates that the course of an individual’s life is largely beyond his control.

The protagonist, Chris Putnam, is a biologist working on the Human Genome Project. He is still coming to terms with the break up of his first lo
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Amit Thumar
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Stephanie Cox
May 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was deeply philosophical and also scientific in nature, and I became especially engrossed in it when I realised that it was about twins and the nature/nurture debate, and the differences in genetically identical siblings (as a triplet myself, I am always fascinated by this.) Do our genes dictate how we turn out? Or is it our environment that shapes who we are as people? And who or what has created us? Who controls our reality?
In terms of literary achievement, this book ticks many boxes
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Beth
Aug 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Human Script came to me thanks to its author and it’s the kind of novel which I wouldn’t naturally move towards, not sure why, it just didn’t scream out to me but I gave it a go regardless and was pleasantly surprised to be taken on a journey with Chris and his various co-stars along the way.


The first thing to say about The Human Script is that it couldn’t be more modern if it tried, it is just like, the cutting edge of literature, in some ways like Robin Sloan’s work. It’s the kind of novel
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Jo Barton
Oct 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was bit out of my comfort zone with this novel and for a time it took me a while to feel really comfortable with the story. That's not to say the book is badly written, far from it, it's really very cleverly put together, it's more that my involvement in the story took a while to develop.
Chris Putnam is a scientist working on the Human Genome Project. On the surface he seems an average young man but he is troubled by indecision and feels that his life is drifting aimlessly. He fears the loss
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Voracious
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. It's got everything: genetics, a great romance, epistemology, twins, art, celebrity...

Definitely won't be to everyone's taste, but I loved it. I had to look up a number of things - mandelbrot, Morton's fork - but they were all really interesting. Brilliant use of literary allusion. Deconstruction that didn't get right up my nose, even.
Zoltan Istvan
Apr 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A solidly written book that reads quickly and presents a multitude of interesting ideas. I especially like the development of the main character in the book. A worthy read!
Eddie
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's difficult to review this book without giving away something important, since this is a novel which strikes out in a genuinely experimental direction. It offers an unusual blend of fiction and popular science from the off, but in due course it becomes more original still.
However, it is also very strong in all the conventional ways. It has wit, engaging characters, and subtly uses stream-of-consciousness to push forward narrative, illuminate character and raise themes at the same time. For ex
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After publishing a series of award-winning guidebooks about universities and student life, Johnny turned to fiction and became a student at the world-famous MA course in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, where he was taught by, among others, Sir Andrew Motion, Lorna Sage and W.G. Sebald. He also mixed with some of the great names in contemporary fiction: Sir Malcolm Bradbury, Ian ...more
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