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Nation [Hardcover]

Terry Pratchett
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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)

"It's witty and wise, but it leaves its young readers enough room for a newly formed opinion or two as they think about its themes of love, loss, loyalty, courage, religion and nationhood." (www.thebookbag.co.uk)

"An enchanting novel... Terry Pratchett is one of the most interesting and critically under-rated novelists we have." (Amanda Craig The Times)

"The unique pleasure of this story is that all the serious subjects and juicy ethical questions, such as the dilemma of the compassionate lie, are fully woven into action and character. Satirical portraits of upper-class twits, slapstick buffoonery, bad puns, and that particular brand of English wit buoy this story at every turn. Add a romance of gentle sweetness, encounters with ghosts, and lots of gunfire, and it is hard to imagine a reader who won't feel welcomed into this nation" (The Horn Book, USA)

"This is no heavy-toned tale: Tears and rage there may be in plenty, but also a cast of marvelously wrought characters, humor that flies from mild to screamingly funny to out-and-out gross, incredible discoveries, profound insights into human nature and several subplots. A searching exploration of good and evil, fate and free will, both as broad and as deep as anything this brilliant and, happily, prolific author has produced so far." (Kirkus Reviews, USA)

Book Description

Washed up on the shores of a remote island, two kids from cultures half a world apart have to learn to get along and survive. Brilliantly funny novel from the master story-teller and creator of Discworld.

From the Inside Flap

On the day the world ends . . .

. . . Mau is on his way home from the Boys' Island. Soon he will be a man.

And then the wave comes - a huge wave, dragging black night behind it and bringing a schooner, the Sweet Judy, which sails over and through the island rainforest. As the ship comes to a crashing halt, only one soul is left alive (or two, if you count parrots).

The village has gone. The Nation as it was has gone.Now there's just Mau, who wears barely anything, a trouserman girl who wears far too much, and an awful lot of big misunderstandings.

And a lot of not-knowing-what-to-do. Or how to even say that.

Together they must forge a new Nation out of the broken pieces.Create a new history.

But . . .

WHO IS GUARDING THE NATION? WHERE IS OUR BEER?

. . . the old history isn't going to just lie down and go away, at least not while the Grandfathers still have a voice. And Mau must look into the past before he can face the future.

Wise, witty and filled with Terry Pratchett's inimitable comic satire, this is a terrific adventure that- quite literally - turns the world upside down.

From the Back Cover

TERRY PRATCHETT

CARNEGIE MEDAL-WINNING AUTHOR

'Brilliantly funny dialogue, high peaks of imagination' The Times

'Razor-sharp satire . . . excruciatingly funny, ferociously intelligent' Kirkus Reviews

'Quite, quite brilliant' Starburst

ISBN 978 0 385 XXXXX X

www.rbooks.co.uk

www.terrypratchett.co.uk

About the Author

Terry Pratchett is the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. Raising Steam is his fortieth Discworld novel. His books have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he is the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. After falling out with his keyboard he now talks to his computer. Occasionally, these days, it answers back.

www.terrypratchett.co.uk

@terryandrob

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