The Beach

The Beach

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A 20th anniversary edition of this million copy bestseller, with a new introduction by John Niven: a classic story of paradise found - and lost.

Richard lands in East Asia in search of an earthly utopia. In Thailand, he is given a map promising an unknown island, a secluded beach - and a new way of life. What Richard finds when he gets there is breathtaking: more extraordinary, more frightening than his wildest dreams.

But how long can paradise survive here on Earth? And what lengths will Richard go to in order to save it?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 28mm | 321g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0241976561
  • 9780241976562
  • 29,742

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Fresh, fast-paced, compulsive and clever Nick Hornby
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Precise and speedy prose, with good old-fashioned romantic adventure spiced up with deadpan authorial irony * Guardian * Garland has written a powerful and frighteningly believable novel * Company * An exceptional first novel...An action novel that provokes subtle responses, The Beach takes in ideas about man's inevitable progress from noble savage to social breakdown (and) the related tradition of nature versus art * The Times Literary Supplement * Alex Garland is writing a brand new kind of adventure novel. His style is dangerously simple yet altogether captivating -- Douglas Rushkoff A highly confident debut...this incisive novel may well come to be regarded as a defining text in the history of imaginative travel writing * Daily Telegraph * Garland's prose is stunningly lucid. Addictive and compelling * Spectator * Winningly compulsive, brilliantly conceived * Q * A mesmerising, knuckle-clenching read * Maxim * 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 white-knuckle ride into the heart of darkness * Sunday Times * A gripping adventure, and a fascinating jigsaw * The Times * Fresh, fast-paced, compulsive and clever -- Nick Hornby
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About Alex Garland

Alex Garland was born in London in 1970. He is the author of two novels, The Beach, The Tesseract and an illustrated novella, The Coma, in collaboration with his father. He has also written screenplays for films including 28 Days Later, Sunshine, Never Let Me Go and Dredd. In 2015, Garland made his directorial debut with Ex Machina.
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76,715 ratings
3.94 out of 5 stars
5 32% (24,181)
4 40% (30,415)
3 22% (16,508)
2 5% (4,215)
1 2% (1,396)
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