"This is a brilliant, disturbing and wildly imaginative picture of the nanny state run mad; how far should the State be allowed to poke its nose into a citizen's business?" (Kate Saunders Times)
"Zeh seems to have won every European literary prize going...Three years since its first publication in German (it is translated here with tremendous gusto by Sally-Ann Spencer), Zeh’s novel is even more relevant to our over-structure, over-quantified times." (Simon Ings Guardian)
"An impressively plausible account of a conformist society disguised as a utopia" (Lucy Popescu Independent)
"In Sally-Ann Spencer's superb translation from German, Juli Zeh's novel gives form to a dystopia that remains hauntingly recognizable" (Charlotte Ryland Times Literary Supplement)
"Thoughtful and intelligent...her main character Mia is an intellectual heroine as much as a physical rebel." (Lesley McDowell Sunday Herald)
Juli Zeh was born in 1974 and lives in Brandenburg. She studied International Law, worked with the UN in New York, and completed her studies in Creative Writing. Juli Zeh has won numerous awards, including the international Per Olov Enquist Award and the French Prix Cévennes for Best European Novel. Her work has been translated into thirty languages.