The Beach

The Beach

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Late at night in a seedy hotel, Richard is drawn into a strange conversation with a fellow guest. Through a narrow strip of mosquito netting he hears for the first time of a secret beach, an island Garden of Eden, hidden somewhere in the scattered islands of a Thai marine park. The next morning, Richard finds a map pinned to his door, and the man who put it there has slashed his wrists. The challenge is irresistible, and Richard sets off on a perilous journey in search of Shangri-La.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 27mm | 297g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reissued.
  • 0141031778
  • 9780141031774
  • 165,348

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Fresh, fast-paced, compulsive and clever Nick Hornby Lord of the Flies and The Magus lurk at the roots of this novel, but Garland reshapes them with panache into something terrifyingly new Mail on Sunday A gripping adventure, and a fascinating jigsaw The Times
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About Alex Garland

Alex Garland was born in London in 1970. He has written two novels, The Beach (1996), The Tesseract (1998) and an illustrated novella, The Coma (2003), in collaboration with his father. He has also written two screenplays, 28 Days Later (2002) and Sunshine (2007).
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76,771 ratings
3.94 out of 5 stars
5 32% (24,202)
4 40% (30,436)
3 22% (16,517)
2 5% (4,218)
1 2% (1,398)
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