"Winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2011i>i>Staring at the Sun charts the life of Jean Serjeant, from her beginning as a naive, carefree country girl before the war through to her wry and trenchant old age in the year 2020. We follow her bruising experience in marriage, her probing of male truths, her adventures in motherhood and in China and we cannot fail to be moved by the questions she asks of life and the often unsatisfactory answers it provides."… (more)
The General Purposes Computer was begun in 1998 after a series of government enquiries ... There had been various pilot schemes which had sought to put the whole of human knowledge on to an easily accessible record ... They were attempts to create the ultimate perfect library where "readers" (as they were still archaically known) could obtain access to the world's accumulation of knowledge.
Then the aeroplane turned away, and they began to lose height.