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Lucky Ghost

On sale

11th January 2018

Price: £8.99

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Selected: Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781473624771

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The extraordinary new novel from the incredible author of SOCKPUPPET. Perfect for fans of BLACK MIRROR.

Early one morning, blogger Alex Kubelick walks up to a total stranger and slaps him across the face. Hard.

He smiles.

They’ve both just earned Emoticoin, in a new, all-consuming game that trades real-life emotions for digital currency. Emoticoin is changing the face of the economy – but someone or something is controlling it for their own, dangerous ends.

As Alex picks apart the tangled threads that hold the virtual game together she finds herself on the run from very real enemies. It seems only one person has the answers she seeks. Someone who hides behind the name ‘Lucky Ghost’.

But Lucky Ghost will only talk to a young hacker called Thimblerig – the online troll who’s been harassing Alex for months.

Will Lucky Ghost lead Alex and Thimblerig to the answers they seek – or to their deaths?

LUCKY GHOST is part of the Martingale cycle, a series of interconnected novels exploring the life of computing pioneer and political radical Elyse Martingale – and her strange afterlife in the 21st century.


Reader Dad
Nigh on impossible to put down once you've picked it up, it cements Matthew Blakstad's place as a writer of considerable talent, a writer who knows exactly how to grab his audience, and keep them involved - and highly entertained - until his story is done.
Little Bookness Lane
Lucky Ghost is way more visionary than its predecessor, Sockpuppet, yet its thought-provoking prophesy remains both powerful and effective
Cover to Cover
Brave, bold and dare I say, even, ominous! . . . The Martingale Cycle is a wonderfully thrilling series
Guardian on SOCKPUPPET
A fascinating and hair-raising examination of just how much we are in thrall to computers, and how willingly we give up our privacy.
Financial Times on SOCKPUPPET
Embedded with techy jargon and shards of wit, Sockpuppet takes a snapshot of our age of online shaming and oversharing and runs it through a skewed, feverish filter. The result is compelling.
Bibi Lynch, Soho Radio
A fantastic new novel
Trisha Goddard, BBC Radio London
An amazing book
Liz Loves Books
A woven web of tech and trauma, human foibles and group shenanigans all mixed up into a beautiful hotpot of a story where nothing is ever quite as it seems