A River Called Time

Awards:   Long-listed for Gordon Burn Prize 2021 (UK)
Author:   Courttia Newland
Publisher:   Canongate Books Ltd
Edition:   Export/Airside - Export/Airside/Ireland
ISBN:  

9781838854096


Pages:   464
Publication Date:   07 January 2021
Format:   Paperback
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A River Called Time


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  • Long-listed for Gordon Burn Prize 2021 (UK)

Overview

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. '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

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Author:   Courttia Newland
Publisher:   Canongate Books Ltd
Imprint:   Canongate Books Ltd
Edition:   Export/Airside - Export/Airside/Ireland
Dimensions:   Width: 15.30cm , Height: 3.30cm , Length: 23.40cm
Weight:   0.556kg
ISBN:  

9781838854096


ISBN 10:   1838854096
Pages:   464
Publication Date:   07 January 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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One of the most imaginative, freethinking writers working today. I love his work -- SARAH HALL A novel that's rich with both grief and great love. Courttia Newland is a fierce talent -- VICTOR LAVALLE With realism and without sanctimony, Mr Newland successfully engages some of the most difficult questions we will ever face * * New York Journal of Books * * Masterful . . . Warm and witty . . . an impressive achievement * * Guardian * * Praise for Courttia Newland: A writer with a gift for expressing the ordinary in an original way. Excellent * * The Times * * A River Called Time is an incredible read. Perfectly plotted and layered with complex ideas, a heartbreaking love triangle and an astonishing ending. It's not just a book of speculative fiction, but a starting point to learning about a kemetic spiritual system masterfully woven into the narrative. If you're a fan of Philip K. Dick and Ballard, you'll love stepping into the world Courttia has created -- IRFAN MASTER Courttia Newland's alternative, decolonised vision of London is a staggering feat of imagination. There's so much to love here: an everyman hero who discovers he has abilities that are anything but ordinary, parallel cities across a multiverse, African cosmology belief systems, a keep-them-guessing ending . . . An amazing achievement -- NOEL CLARKE Gloriously enthralling. An immersive, ambitious reimagining of the city from a formidable British voice. Newland's magnum opus -- IRENOSEN OKOJIE 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 A River Called Time is a real gem of a book . . . There are so many brilliant parallels drawn between the world we live in as well as gentle prods towards the reality we could create. Written in Courttia's evocative style, I was constantly thrown by the clever twists and turns. I had my hands on my face throughout the end of the book as shock after shock was delivered . . . an excellent, beautiful read that will make you think while taking your breath away -- DOROTHY KOOMSON


Author Information

Courttia Newland is the author of seven books including his much lauded debut, The Scholar. His latest novel, The Gospel According to Cane, was published in 2013. His short stories have appeared in many anthologies and broadcast on BBC Radio 4. In 2016 he was awarded the Tayner Barbers Award for science fiction writing and the Roland Rees Busary for playwriting. As a screenwriter, he has written two episodes of the Steve McQueen BBC series Small Axe. @courttianewland

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