H(A)PPY

Nicola Barker

*WINNER OF THE GOLDSMITHS PRIZE 2017*
*LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2018*
*LONGLISTED FOR THE GORDON BURN PRIZE 2018*

A GUARDIAN BOOK OF THE YEAR
A TELEGRAPH BOOK OF THE YEAR
AN INDEPENDENT BOOK OF THE YEAR

From the internationally acclaimed, Man Booker-shortlisted Nicola Barker comes a new novel, a post-post apocalyptic story that overflows with pure creative talent.

Imagine a perfect world where everything is known, where everything is open, where there can be no doubt, no hatred, no poverty, no greed. Imagine a System which both nurtures and protects. A Community which nourishes and sustains. An infinite world. A world without sickness, without death. A world without God. A world without fear.

Could you...might you be happy there?

H(A)PPY is a post-post apocalyptic Alice in Wonderland, a story which tells itself and then consumes itself. It's a place where language glows, where words buzz and sparkle and finally implode. It's a novel which twists and writhes with all the terrifying precision of a tiny fish in an Escher lithograph – a book where the mere telling of a story is the end of certainty.

  • William Heinemann
  • Published 20th July 2017
  • 304 Pages
  • 146mm x 206mm x 26mm
  • 443g
  • £20.00