Blackbox (novel)

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BLACKBOX: A Novel in 840 Chapters
Author Nick Walker
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Publisher HarperCollins
Publication date
16 September 2003
Media type Print (paperback)
ISBN 978-0060532246

Blackbox is the first novel by British writer Nick Walker.


A stowaway dies on board a flight.

Major themes[edit]

A major theme of the book is six degrees of separation, the theory that people are linked by a surprisingly small number of connections.[1]


The book is written as a countdown of 840 chapters, some as short as a few words. The author creates an atmosphere which has been compared to those in novels by Chris Morris and J. G. Ballard.[2]


The book was longlisted for the British Book Award and the Whitbread First Novel Award.[3]


  1. ^ Robinson, Tasha. "Nick Walker: Blackbox: A Novel In 840 Chapters". A.V.Club. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  2. ^ Petit, Chris. "Crash Happy: Chris Petit on Nick Walker's wildly morbid comedy, Blackbox". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Boomtown, Nick Walker". Retrieved 5 May 2014.