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  • A gripping adventure, and a fascinating jigsaw

    The Times
  • Fresh, fast-paced, compulsive and clever

    Nick Hornby
  • A white-knuckle ride into the heart of darkness

    Sunday Times
  • Lord of the Flies and The Magus lurk at the roots of this novel, but Garland reshapes them with panache into something terrifyingly new

    Mail on Sunday
  • A mesmerising, knuckle-clenching read

  • Winningly compulsive, brilliantly conceived

  • Garland's prose is stunningly lucid. Addictive and compelling

  • A highly confident debut...this incisive novel may well come to be regarded as a defining text in the history of imaginative travel writing

    Daily Telegraph
  • Alex Garland is writing a brand new kind of adventure novel. His style is dangerously simple yet altogether captivating

    Douglas Rushkoff
  • An exceptional first novel...An action novel that provokes subtle responses, The Beach takes in ideas about man's inevitable progress from noble savage to social breakdown (and) the related tradition of nature versus art

    The Times Literary Supplement

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