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Nation

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On the day the world ends ...Mau is on his way home from the Boys' Island. Soon he will be a man. And then the wave comes - a huge wave, dragging black night behind it and bringing a schooner which sails over and through the island rainforest. The village has gone. 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 big misunderstandings ...Wise, witty and filled with Terry Pratchett's inimitable comic satire, this is a terrific adventure that - quite literally - turns the world upside down.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 28mm | 258.55g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 055255779X
  • 9780552557795
  • 27,528

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" Guardianshow more

About Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett is one of the most popular authors writing in the UK today. He is the acclaimed creator of the Discworld(R) series, the first title in which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. Worldwide sales of his books are in excess of 70 million, and they have been translated into 36 languages. He has written a number of titles for younger readers, including The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents, which won the Carnegie Medal in the UK, and Nation, which was a Printz Honor Book in the US. He was awarded an OBE in 1998, and a Knighthood in 2009 for his services to literature.show more

Back cover copy

On the day the world ends . . . . . .Mau is on his way home from the Boys' Island. Soon he will be a man. And then the wave comes - a huge wave, dragging black night behind it and bringing a schooner which sails over and through the island rainforest. The village has gone. 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 big misunderstandings . . . Wise, witty and filled with Terry Pratchett's inimitable comic satire, this is a terrific adventure that - quite literally - turns the world upside down.show more

Review Text

"An ebullient and entertaining novel of ideas"show more

Rating details

25,915 ratings
4.04 out of 5 stars
5 38% (9,795)
4 36% (9,454)
3 20% (5,105)
2 5% (1,199)
1 1% (362)
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