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The Beach

by Alex Garland

Customer Rating: 4 Stars (from 1 Member)
Category: Fiction / G - I
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication date: 26 June 1997
Number of pages: 448
Prizes: Winner of Whitaker Gold Book Award 2001.
Winner of Betty Trask Award 1997.

Richard is drawn into a strange conversation in a hotel. He hears of a secret island Garden of Eden hidden in the scattered islands of a Thai marine park. Next morning, he finds a map pinned to his door and the man who put it there has slashed his wrists. The challenge is irresistible and he sets off on a perilous journey in search of Shangri-La.

Richard, back-packing around the Far East, stumbles on rumours of an idyllic island, part of a Thai national park forbidden to travellers. With the help of a French couple and a map found by chance he locates it. From then on the inevitable scenario unrolls, ending in an horrific denouement. (Kirkus UK)

What the papers say:
'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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