Nicholson Baker

Published: 7 July 2011
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 176 pages
ISBN: 9781847083524


Vox is the story of two voices, his and hers: two strangers who, having met on a telephone chat-line, switch to a private, one-on-one connection - and find it impossible to hang up. Literate, humorous, erotic, Vox is a classic of bedtime reading.

About the author

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Nicholson Baker was born in New York in 1957. He is the author of eight novels, including The Mezzanine, Vox and Room Temperature, all published by Granta Books, and five non-fiction works, including a book about John Updike, U & I, and Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper, for which he won the 2001 National Book Critics Circle Award. More about the author


‘A brilliantly funny, perversely tender and technically breathtaking erotic novel’



‘A sexy, funny novel’ Morgwn Rimel and Ella Berthoud

‘An anatomically correct, technology-assisted love story...Vox proves once again that the brain, as love doctors always tell us, is the sexiest organ’ Richard Stengel

‘Baker freshens the tattered clichés of sex talk the same way he has made the mundane language of corporate and domestic life snap, crackle and pop - by inventing new words or toying masterfully with ones we already have’ Deborah Garrison

‘Fancifully and amusingly detailed ...Vox deserves to read with full attention to what surround and lies between the sexually explicit moments’ Robert Towers

‘The book achieves between its two geographically distanced protagonists the kind of intimacy that all of us, from Bible-thumpers to leather fanciers yearn for. Vox is that rarest of rarities: a warm turn on’ James Kaplan

‘The most overtly feminist sex novel that anyone has attempted in years. I say feminist because the female partner is on par with her male partner erotically. She is articulate, lusty, supplied with normal female caution but, just as normally, feminine curiosity and desire’ Susie Bright

‘This is phone sex where characters give away glimpses of their souls, fears and desires. It's a clever tale that could have been accomplished without heart, but it wouldn't have made the same splash’ Lesley McDowell

‘This sex-fuelled classic ... [is] a well-deserved re-release ... Baker does sex as well as it can be done - producing a horny masterpiece’

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