A River Called Time (Hardback)
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A River Called Time (Hardback)

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Hardback 464 Pages
Published: 07/01/2021
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Set in an alternate world where slavery and colonialism never happened, A River Called Time is at once a timely exploration of social inequality and a story about love and the search for the truth.

The Ark was built to save the lives of the many, but rapidly became a refuge for the elite, the entrance closed without warning.

Years after the Ark was cut off from the world, a chance of survival within its confines is granted to a select few who can prove their worth. Among their number is Markriss Denny, whose path to future excellence is marred only by a closely guarded secret: without warning, his spirit leaves his body, allowing him to see and experience a world far beyond his physical limitations.

Once inside the Ark, Denny learns of another with the same power, whose existence could spell catastrophe for humanity. He is forced into a desperate race to understand his abilities, and in doing so uncovers the truth about the Ark, himself and the people he thought he once knew.

Set in an alternate world where slavery and colonialism never happened, Newland's staggering novel is both a timely exploration of social inequality and a story about love, loyalty and the search for the truth.

Publisher: Canongate Books
ISBN: 9781786897060
Number of pages: 464
Weight: 704 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 41 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS

Courttia's writing is rich with passion and humanity. He manages to convey great depth without ever losing his lightness of touch. A rare feat only reserved for the few - STEVE McQUEEN

Courttia Newland is a formidable writer . . . extraordinary . . . Newland offers a brilliant remix of history . . . This may be a work of speculative fiction but its critical lens is present and prescient - Financial Times

A dystopian multiverse imagined at thrilling scale . . . extraordinary . . . the excitement lies largely in its ideas about power and personal responsibility - Times Literary Supplement

A vast and wildly ambitious piece of speculative fiction that asks what the world would look like if slavery and colonialism never existed - Observer

If you want to know the story of Britain, it's really important to read Newland. There's a reason why the Oscar-winning McQueen is working with him - LEMN SISSAY, Observer

Mightily impressive . . . An extraordinary . . . exploration of history, identity and time - Daily Mail

A master storyteller returns with this piece of astonishing speculative fiction, interrogating social inequality, the complexities of truth and the very essence of what it is to be human, all in Newland's precise and powerful prose - NIKESH SHUKLA

Gloriously enthralling. An immersive, ambitious reimagining of the city from a formidable British voice. Newland's magnum opus - IRENOSEN OKOJIE

There is something televisual in the way Newland pitches his new novel: lots of visual description, busy with incident and plotty twists and turns . . . readable and absorbing . . . no one can doubt the sheer energy and verve of Newland's vision - Guardian

A masterful reimagining of the African diaspora's influence on England and on the world. It's a grand tale and still an intimate portrait of loss and love. What glory and influence would Africa enjoy if colonialism had never occurred? Courttia Newland reshapes our vision of the past, present and future by taking this one question seriously. The result is something truly special. No other way to put it, this book is true Black magic - VICTOR LaVALLE

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“An interesting piece of speculative fiction”

The novel takes place in an alternate world, where Africans were never colonised and certain religions are no longer the dominant ones that people practice. Markriss Denny is a young boy living in the outer city of... More

Hardback edition
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“What if colonialism didn't exist?”

In an alternate London, Markriss finds he has the ability to jump to parallel universes.

A River Called Time addresses themes of class, colonialism and colour.

Newland wrestles with this intriguing concept,... More

Hardback edition
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“An epic that needs time”

I got A River Called Time by Courttia Newland from Netgalley for a fair and honest review.

I decided to read this book because having enjoyed alternative history novels before, the thought of reading one based on the... More

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