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Eleven Notebooks

L. F. Gearon

It is twenty years since Thomas Coverack has worked for British Intelligence - but you never really stop working for them, do you? He is enjoying a quiet summer term as Professor of Literature and War at Merton College, Oxford, when he is once again approached. His instructions are to investigate Henrik Strøm, the ageing founder and president of the Hammerfest Foundation in Norway; a man with an obsessive desire for 'purity' and a hatred of humankind.


Strøm had arranged the delivery of a book and personal letter to all heads of state, all UN agencies and to every chief executive of major corporations around the world. The gift commemorated the work of a controversial literary figure, Knut Hamsun - distinguished as a Nobel Laureate but disgraced by his alleged collaboration with the Nazis.


Coverack is an obvious choice, given his own academic interest in Knut Hamsun, but the terms of his assignment are less clear. He is joined by Dr. Emma Louise, a distinguished scholar in her own right, an expert in biological warfare, and a former lover.


Together, they are plunged into a deadly series of events that takes them to the heart, and the horrors, of the Hammerfest Foundation in Arctic Norway.

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ABOUT L. F. GEARON


Liam Francis Gearon is a Fellow of Harris Manchester College, and Associate Professor in the Department of Education, University of Oxford. He is also Conjoint Professor at the University of Newcastle, Australia. He formerly held professorships at the University of Roehampton and the University of Plymouth, and the post of Adjunct Professor at the Australian Catholic University. He has received research funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the British Academy, the Canadian High Commission, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Leverhulme Trust, the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain and the Society for Educational Studies.


With a doctorate in English Literature, he has published in a range of academic fields, including literature, philosophy and the study of religion. With specialist research interests on the relationship between universities and the security and intelligence agencies, in 2017, he convened a major Colloquium on Universities, Security and Intelligence Studies, at Oriel College, University of Oxford. A graduate of the Curtis Brown novel-writing course, he is a member of the Royal Society of Literature and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Eleven Notebooks is his first novel.