Written by Terry Pratchett
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Hugely entertaining, this is a fully envisaged fantasy adventure, which makes serious points about the importance of the past from the master storyteller and author of the hugely popular Discworld series. Survival! Mau’s world is bowled over and swept away by a towering Tsunami. His past life has vanished and he must build a new life with the scraps he has left. Luckily, someone else has survived too and soon Daphne, or Trouser-Man as Mau calls her, are creating a new Nation building on the bits of knowledge from the past which won’t die away.
Described by National Theatre Artistic Director Nicholas Hytner as “a wonderful book and, I suspect, perfect for an Olivier adaptation”, Nation is set on a desert island following a tsunami which wiped out most of the population.
Nation by Terry Pratchett
CILIP CARNEGIE Medal SHORTLIST 2010: Judges’ comments
A witty and wise story about Darwinism, the nature of nationhood, what it means to be a man, and much else. Rich in ideas and detail; terrific, believable characters, and some wonderful turns of phrase, it entertains whilst saying much that is important.
A parallel world, 1860. Two teenagers thrown together by a tsunami that has destroyed Mau’s village and left Daphne shipwrecked on his South Pacific island, thousands of miles from home. One wears next to nothing, the other a long white dress; neither speaks the other’s language; somehow they must learn to survive. As starving refugees gather, Daphne delivers a baby, milks a pig, brews beer and does battle with a mutineer. Mau fights cannibal Raiders, discovers the world is round and questions the reality of his tribe’s fiercely patriarchal gods. Together they come of age, overseen by a foul-mouthed parrot, as they discard old doctrine to forge a new Nation.
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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
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