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A River Called Time (Paperback)Courttia Newland (author)
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.
Shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award 2022
A monumental speculative fiction story of love, loyalty, politics and conscience set in parallel Londons.
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 later, Markriss Denny is one of the select few granted entry. He carries with him a closely guarded secret: the ability of his spirit to leave his body and transcend the known world.
But once in, he learns of another who carries the same power, and their existence could spell catastrophe for humanity. Denny 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.
Publisher: Canongate Books
Number of pages: 464
Weight: 308 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 28 mm
'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
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