Two Tribes (Hardback)Chris Beckett (author)
- 10+ in stock
'Brilliantly and chillingly imagined' Guardian
'Explored with wit, thoughtfulness and emotional weight' Spectator
As a historian in the bleak, climate-ravaged twenty-third century, it's Zoe's job to record and archive the past, not to recreate it. But when she comes across the diaries of Harry and Michelle, who lived two hundred years ago, she becomes fascinated by the minutiae of their lives and decides to write a novel about them, filling in the gaps with her own imaginings.
Harry and Michelle meet just after the Brexit referendum when Harry's car breaks down outside a small town in Norfolk. Despite their different backgrounds, and Michelle having voted Leave while Harry voted Remain, they are drawn to each other and begin a relationship.
From her long perspective, the way Zoe sees their world is somewhat different from the way we see it now. Two Tribes becomes a reflection on the way our ideas are shaped by class and social circumstances, and how they change without us even noticing. It explores what divides us and what brings us together. And it asks where we may be headed next.
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 520 g
Dimensions: 240 x 160 x 26 mm
A wise and frequently shaming portrait of our own time ... explored with wit, thoughtfulness and emotional weight * Spectator *
Two Tribes holds up a mirror to our fractured times, stripping away the shallow concerns of contemporary politics with razor-sharp observations. * Daily Mail *
Bursting with brilliantly thought-provoking ideas on almost every page, Two Tribes is one of these rare novels that leaves you looking at the world in a new way. * Readers Digest *
A disturbing descent into a surreal world, written with a deft hand. * Adrian Tchaikovsky on Beneath the World, a Sea *
Beckett is superb at undercutting reader assumptions with a casual line of dialogue or acute psychological observation: the book reads like Conrad's Heart of Darkness reimagined by JG Ballard. * Guardian on Beneath the World, a Sea *
Eden is building into one of most vivid and fascinating places in modern SF. * Eddie Robson, SFX, on The Eden Trilogy *
A captivating and haunting book * Daily Mail on Dark Eden *
You may also be interested in...
“An acutely observed social commentary on Brexit (with a tiny touch of sci-fi)”
Set partially in the 23rd century, but mostly in 2016, Two Tribes follows the story of Zoe, a historian looking back on Brexit through the writings of two diaries which have survived from the era. One belongs to... More
“Fails on all counts”
Reading for me is all about escapism. Particularly at the moment with my industry in free-fall after Covid-19, I’m using reading as a heavy distraction from the utter craziness of politics and the insane world going... More
Please sign in to write a review
Would you like to proceed to the App store to download the Waterstones App?