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SKU: 9781785152641 Categories: , , ,

Author: Powers, Richard
Publication date: 28/09/2021
Imprint: Wm Heinemann UK
Pages: 288
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781785152641

A magnificent new novel by Richard Powers, his first novel since the Booker Prize-shortlisted, Pulitzer Prize-winning The Overstory.


'It changed how I thought about the Earth and our place in it. . . . It changed how I see things and that's always, for me, a mark of a book worth reading.' Barack Obama on The Overstory
'Really, just one of the best novels, period.' Ann Patchett on The Overstory
'Breathtaking.' Barbara Kingsolver on The Overstory
Picked as one of the 'Best Books of 2021' in the Sunday Times

Theo Byrne is a promising young astrobiologist who has found a way to search for life on other planets dozens of light years away. He is also the widowed father of a most unusual nine-year-old. His son Robin is funny, loving, and filled with plans. He thinks and feels deeply, adores animals, and can spend hours painting elaborate pictures. He is also on the verge of being expelled from third grade, for smashing his friend's face with a metal thermos.

What can a father do, when the only solution offered to his rare and troubled boy is to put him on psychoactive drugs? What can he say when his boy comes to him wanting an explanation for a world that is clearly in love with its own destruction? The only thing for it is to take the boy to other planets, while all the while fostering his son's desperate campaign to help save this one.
'The best book I've read in 10 years. A remarkable piece of literature ... a lodestone.' Emma Thompson on The Overstory

'Radical and exciting.' Jessie Burton on The Overstory

'A remarkable piece of fiction.' New York Times on The Overstory

'An extraordinary novel.' Guardian on The Overstory

Additional information

Dimensions 234 × 153 mm


  1. Scorpio Books

    “I so enjoyed this remarkable book, especially the close relationship between the father and son. I don’t want to say anything about the plot, because there are so many potential spoilers, but I was torn twixt and tween as it all unfolded. A highly effective and inventive novel with a sad but terribly beautiful ending, full of hope. It leaves you with so much to think about. Big questions about compromise, about future technologies, about the individual versus society’s needs, about bureaucracy, about what a post-conservation world might look like. And what part will this strange thing called simulation play in our future? I highly recommend it.” Dave @ Scorpio Books

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