Peculiar Lives

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Peculiar Lives
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Author Philip Purser-Hallard
Series Doctor Who book:
Time Hunter
Release number
Publisher Telos Publishing Ltd.
Publication date
July 2005
ISBN ISBN 1-903889-47-2 (pb)
Preceded by Echoes
Followed by Deus Le Volt

Peculiar Lives is the seventh in the series of Time Hunter novellas and features the characters Honoré Lechasseur and Emily Blandish from Daniel O'Mahony's Doctor Who novella The Cabinet of Light. It is written by Philip Purser-Hallard, author of the Mad Norwegian Press Faction Paradox novel Of the City of the Saved...

The novella is also available in a limited edition hardback, signed by the author (ISBN 1-903889-48-0).

(The series is not formally connected to the Whoniverse.)


Peculiar Lives is written as if by Erik Clevedon, who is based on the real-life author Olaf Stapledon. The story draws particularly from Stapledon's novels Last and First Men (1930), Last Men in London (1932), Odd John (1935) and Sirius (1944). The book also features the characters of Gideon Beech, a fictionalised George Bernard Shaw, and (briefly) John Cleavis, a fictionalised C. S. Lewis character originally created by Paul Magrs. Purser-Hallard studied Stapledon's, Shaw's and Lewis' work in his doctoral thesis, and draws on them for the key themes of Peculiar Lives. These concern eugenics and the evolution of mankind within an eschatological context.


Honoré Lechasseur and Emily Blandish become embroiled in the endgame of a plot which began a generation ago, with the birth of the superhuman children known as "the Peculiar". While Emily encounters their chronicler, the elderly science-fiction novelist Erik Clevedon, Honoré is pitched against his will into an unimaginably distant future.

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John Cleavis first appeared in Paul Magrs' Doctor Who novel Mad Dogs and Englishmen (2002) and then in the standalone To the Devil — a Diva! (2004). He is included in Peculiar Lives with Magrs' permission. Peculiar Lives also name-checks J. D. Beresford's The Hampdenshire Wonder (1911).


Peculiar Lives was released as an audiobook in November 2011, read by John Leeson and published by Fantom Films.

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