This Census Taker by China Mieville


In a remote house on a hilltop, a lonely boy witnesses a traumatic event. He tries – and fails – to flee. Left alone with his increasingly deranged parent, he dreams of safety, of joining the other children in the town below, of escape.

When at last a stranger knocks at his door, the boy senses that his days of isolation might be over. But by what authority does this man keep the meticulous records he carries? What is the purpose behind his questions? Is he friend? Enemy? Or something else altogether? A novella filled with beauty, terror and strangeness, This Census-Taker is a poignant and riveting exploration of memory and identity.

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 China Miéville is the multiple award-winning author of many books, including The City & The CityEmbassytown and Perdido Street Station. He lives and works in London.


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Weight 160 g
Dimensions 19.7 × 13 cm





160 pages



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