The Panopticon

The Panopticon

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The Panopticon

Fifteen-year old Anais Hendricks is smart, funny and fierce, but she is also a child who has been let down, or worse, by just about every adult she has ever met. Sitting in the back of a police car, she finds herself headed for the Panopticon, a home for chronic young offenders where the social workers are as suspicious as its residents. But Anais can’t remember the events that have led her there, or why she has blood on her school uniform...


The dehumanising effects of institutionalisation are evident in the lives of all the characters in this book

Jenni Fagan is a novelist and poet based in Edinburgh. She won numerous awards for her fiction. The Panopticon is her first novel.

Editorial reviews (6 reviews)

Fagan's writing is taut and controlled and the dialogue crackles.

A novel that leaves me ignoring everything I’m meant to be doing, in favour of compulsively reading on, is a rare treat; The Panopticon is one of those novels.

Fagan is writing about important stuff: the losers, the lonely, most of them women. And she's good on Sumo Baby Championships on TV, and masturbation ("you cannae trust folk that dinnae wank"): life, in other words.

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Book Details  

Publisher: Random House (May 03, 2012)

Collection: Cornerstone Digital

Format: EPUB

Protection: DRM

Language: English

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