Heritage  |  Feb 21, 2020

British Library reissues Muriel Jaeger's THE MAN WITH SIX SENSES

British Library have republished Muriel Jaeger's forgotten science fiction novel, The Man with Six Senses, which has not been in print since the late 1920s - when it was published on the Hogarth Press by Leonard and Virginia Woolf.

Muriel Jaeger’s foray into science fiction sees her experimenting with an impressive talent for blending genres. The Man with Six Senses is a sensitive depiction of how the different, or 'supernaturally able', could be treated in 1920s Britain, but also a sharp skewering of societal norms and the expectations of how women should behave – and how they should think. Thought-provoking and challenging, The Man with Six Senses still resonates today in a society whose expectations and structures still continue to trap those who fall outside the limits of acceptance.

Hilda is besotted with Michael, because Michael has a gift. Through some mutation, his mind is able to perceive ‘lines of energy’ and ‘the vast ocean of movement’ – things beyond the limits of the five senses and perhaps even common understanding. But the gift, as so often in life, comes with a price. There are those who, in their resentment, come to covet the gift, threatening the blissful period of learning and freedom of thought that seemed so possible a future for Hilda and Michael. And then there are the expectations of society, whose demands for the idealised normal spell danger and disarray for the pair.

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