Lexicon by Max Barry to be launched at Embiggen Books 6.30pm 25th June 2013. RSVP NOW to secure your place at this exciting event.

Words are weapons and one man is immune, in this dazzlingly original high-concept thriller from Australian author Max Barry. 

 Two years ago, something terrible was unleashed in an Australian mining town called Broken Hill. Thousands died. Few people know what really happened. Emily Ruff is one of them. 

She belongs to an elite organisation of ‘poets’: masters of manipulation who use language to warp others to their will. She was one of their most promising recruits until she made a catastrophic mistake: she fell in love. Wil Parke knows the truth too, only he doesn’t remember it. And he doesn’t know why he’s immune to the poets’ powers. But he knows he needs to run. 

 As their stories converge, the past is revealed, and the race is on for a deadly weapon: a word. Because the poets know that words can kill…


Max Barry’s star is truly in the ascendence. With the movie to the book Syrup due out soon, and each of his other novels all optioned by major studios he is on his way to becoming a household name. His unique blend of satire and speculative ideas make his work at once accessible and thoughtful.

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