Ingenious Pain

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Ingenious Pain
Ingenious Pain.jpg
First edition
Author Andrew Miller
Country England
Language English
Genre Bildungsroman
Publisher Sceptre
Publication date
20 February 1997 (1997-02-20)
Media type Print
Pages 337
ISBN 978-0-340-68207-4
OCLC 154247990
Followed by Casanova (1998)

Ingenious Pain is the first novel by English author, Andrew Miller, published in 1997.[1] The novel won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award,[2] and the Italian Premio Grinzane Cavour prize for a foreign language novel.[3][4][5] The novel was also listed on the New York Times "Notable Books of the Year" for 1997.[6]


James Dyer is born without the ability to feel pain or pleasure. Set in the mid-18th century, the novel follows Dyer as he attempts to come to terms with this disability whilst working as a sideshow freak, then as a surgeon, until his eventual consignment to the Bethlem institute.


The novel received acclaim, with critics praising Miller's evocative prose, thorough research and precise pacing.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Ingenious pain (Book, 1997)". Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Lister, David (12 March 1999). "McEwan up for top prize - News". The Independent. Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Previous winners - fiction | James Tait Black Prize winners | People". 11 November 2011. Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award". 2000. Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "Andrew Miller | British Council Literature". Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "Notable Books of the Year 1997 - New York Times". 7 December 1997. Retrieved 1 December 2011.