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Nation

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When a giant wave destroys his entire Nation - his family and everyone he has ever known - Mau finds himself totally alone. Until he meets Daphne, daughter of a colonial Governor and the sole survivor from a shipwreck. They have no common language, no common culture - but together they discover some remarkable things - like how to milk a pig and why spitting in beer is a good idea - and must try and forge a new kind of Nation. Then other survivors arrive to take refuge on the island, and not all of them are friendly... In Nation Pratchett brings us a novel that is both witty and wise, encompassing themes of death and nationhood, while also being extremely funny.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 30mm | 322.05g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • ILLUSTRATIONS THROUGHOUT
  • 055216237X
  • 9780552162371
  • 250,402

Review quote

"Thought-provoking as well as fun, this is Pratchett at his most philosophical, with characters and situations sprung from ideas and games with language. And it celebrates the joy of the moment" -- Nicolette Jones * The Times * "Nation has profound, subtle and original things to say about the interplay between tradition and knowledge, faith and questioning . . . It's funny, exciting, lighthearted and, like all the best comedy, very serious" -- Frank Cottrell Boyce * Guardian * "Pratchett's immensely entertaining new young adult novel, manages to be both thought-provoking and sweet . . . At times Nation reads like Philip Pullman but with less anger and more jokes, and a bit more ambiguity . . . It's a wonderful story, by turns harrowing and triumphant" -- James Hynes * The New York Times * "Terry Pratchett is an indisputable one-off . . . Nothing he writes is ever predictable - except that it will always be gloriously readable" -- Nicholas Tucker * Independent * "An ebullient and entertaining novel of ideas" * Guardian *show more

About Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett was the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. In all, he was the author of over fifty bestselling books. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he was the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. He died in March 2015.show more

Review Text

"Pratchett's immensely entertaining new young adult novel, manages to be both thought-provoking and sweet . . . At times Nation reads like Philip Pullman but with less anger and more jokes, and a bit more ambiguity . . . It's a wonderful story, by turns harrowing and triumphant"show more

Back cover copy

On the day the world ends and all the rules that govern everyday life simply vanish . . . . . . Mau is on his way home from the Boys' Island. Soon he will be a man. Then the wave comes - a huge wave, dragging black night behind it and bringing a schooner, the Sweet Judy, which sails over and into the island rainforest. The Nation as it was has gone. Now there's just Mau, who wears barely anything, a trouserman girl who wears far too much and an awful lot of cross-cultural misunderstandings . . . THE INTERNATIONAL AWARD-WINNING NOVEL FROM TERRY PRATCHETT, AUTHOR OF THE BESTSELLING DISCWORLD® SERIES '[A] masterpiece . . . A searching exploration of good and evil, fate and free will, both as broad and as deep as anything this brilliant author has produced so far' Kirkus 'Pratchett at his most philosophical, with characters and situations sprung from ideas and games with language' The Times 'By turns harrowing and triumphant . . . both a high-spirited yarn and a subtle examination of the risks and virtues of faith' New York Times ISBN 978-0-552-16237-1 www.terrypratchett.co.uk Cover image by Inside cover author photograph © Rob Wilkinsshow more

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26,818 ratings
4.05 out of 5 stars
5 38% (10,169)
4 37% (9,802)
3 20% (5,248)
2 5% (1,230)
1 1% (369)
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