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Penguin
27 April 2017
What if the power to hurt were in women's hands?

Suddenly - tomorrow or the day after - teenage girls find that with a flick of their fingers, they can inflict agonizing pain and even death. With this single twist, the four lives at the heart of Naomi Alderman's extraordinary, visceral novel are utterly transformed.
By:   Naomi Alderman
Imprint:   Penguin
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 21mm
Weight:   248g
ISBN:   9780670919963
ISBN 10:   0670919969
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   27 April 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Naomi Alderman is the author of three previous novels: Disobedience, The Lessons and The Liars' Gospel. She has won the Orange Award for New Writers and the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award. She was selected for Granta's once-a-decade list of Best of Young British Novelists and Waterstones Writers for the Future. She presents Science Stories on BBC Radio 4, she is Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and she is the co-creator and lead writer of the bestselling smartphone audio adventure app Zombies, Run!. She lives in London.

Reviews for Power

The Handmaid's Tale for the Gone Girl generation Grazia A stone cold genius -- Sarah Perry The Hunger Games crossed with The Handmaid's Tale Cosmopolitan The Power is a subtly funny, lyrical and utterly subversive vision of an impossible future. As all the best visionaries do, Alderman shines a penetrating and yet merciful light on to our present and the so many cruelties in which we may be complicit -- A. L. Kennedy Electrifying! Shocking! Will knock your socks off! Then you'll think twice, about everything -- Margaret Atwood The Power is a fascinating look at what the world might be like if millennia of sexism went the other way...as a whole the narrative feels ingenious...deserves to be read by every woman (and, for that matter, every man) The Times A feminist science-fiction story that's about to make waves Red If you enjoy Margaret Atwood's dystopian fiction, this strong, substantial novel is for you Woman & Home Alderman is a fluent and powerful writer Sunday Times Thought-provoking novel Glamour When we say that The Power is profoundly disturbing and you may well want to argue with it as you read, we mean that in a good way SFX, Five Stars As awesome as it is compulsive Heat, 5 stars What starts out as a fantasy of female empowerment deepens and darkens into an interrogation of power itself, its uses and abuses and what it does to the people who have it Guardian A raw, gutsy slice of speculative dystopia Metro Like the best science fiction, this dystopian feminist fantasy holds up a mirror to the here and now Mail on Sunday A gripping read and a reminder of the true joy of a truly engaging story Stylist Frenetic sci-fi novel Daily Mail Naomi's super-charged, subversive novel...forcing you to rethink everything Psychologies


  • Shortlisted for Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2017.
  • Winner of Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2017
  • Winner of Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2017.

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