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9781529154313

Playground

Playground

by Richard Powers

Publisher Hutchinson Heinemann

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  • UK First Edition, First Printing


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THE NEW NOVEL FROM THE PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING, TWICE BOOKER SHORTLISTED AUTHOR


She had the ocean. And the ocean absorbed all her hope and excitement, all her panic and pain and love, into a place far larger than anything human.

Four lives are drawn together in a sweeping, panoramic new novel from Richard Powers, showcasing the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Overstory at the height of his skills. Twelve-year-old Evie Beaulieu sinks to the bottom of a swimming pool in Montreal strapped to one of the world’s first aqualungs. Ina Aroita grows up in naval bases across the Pacific with art as her only home. Two polar opposites at an elite Chicago high school bond over a three thousand- year-old board game; Rafi Young will get lost in literature, while Todd Keane’s work will lead to a startling AI breakthrough.


They meet on the history-scarred island of Makatea in French Polynesia, whose deposits of phosphorus once helped feed the world. Now the tiny atoll has been chosen for humanity’s next adventure: a plan to send floating, autonomous cities out onto the open sea. But first, the island’s residents must vote to green light the project or turn the seasteaders away.


Set in the world’s largest ocean, this awe-filled book explores that last wild place we have yet to colonize in a still-unfolding oceanic game, and interweaves beautiful writing, rich characterization, profound themes of technology and the environment, and a deep exploration of our shared humanity in a way only Richard Powers can.

Praise for Richard Powers:

'Powers has extraordinary gifts as a writer' 
GUARDIAN
'Impressively precise in its scientific conjectures, Bewilderment is no less rich or wise in its emotionality' 
OBSERVER
'He composes some of the most beautiful sentences I've ever read. I'm in awe of his talent' 
OPRAH WINFREY
'It is impossible to deny the importance of Powers's message' 
SUNDAY TIMES
'Refreshing, original and moving' 
EVENING STANDARD

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