Well, could it? That’s what it asks on the back of the proof copy in front of me. Anyone who read Scarlett Thomasâ€™s terrific The End of Mr Y, hereâ€™s a treat. Our Tragic Universe is published next month by Canongate in both hardcover (Â£12.99) and trade paperback (Â£10.99) formats. For just Â£2.00 extra Iâ€™d buy the hardcoverâ€¦
â€œIf Kelsey Newmanâ€™s theory about the end of time is true, we are all going to live forever. But for Meg â€“ locked in a dead-end relationship and with a deadline long-gone for a book that she canâ€™t write â€“ this thought fills her with dread.
Could there be an important connection between a wild beast living on Dartmoor, a ship in a bottle, the science of time, a knitting pattern for the shape of the universe and the Cottingley Fairies?â€ Best read the novel to find out.