Beasts of No Nation

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What to expect

Official tie-in to the Netflix Original Film featuring Idris Elba (Thor, Prometheus and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom) and directed by Cary Fukunaga (Jane Eyre).

Agu is just a boy when war arrives at his village. His mother and sister are rescued by the UN, while he and his father remain to fight the rebels. ‘Run!’ shouts his father when the rebels arrive. And Agu does run. Straight into the rebels’ path. In a vivid, sparkling voice, Agu tells the story of what happens to him next; his life as a child-soldier. His story is shocking and painful, and completely unforgettable.

Beasts of No Nation gives us an extraordinary portrait of the chaos and violence of war.

(P)2015 John Murray Press

Critics Review

  • A work of visceral urgency and power: it heralds the arrival of a major talent

    Amitav Ghosh
  • Extraordinary . . . you don’t come across writing like this very often

    Bookseller
  • So scorched by loss and anger that it’s hard to hold and so gripping in its sheer hopeless lifeforce that it’s hard to put down

    Guardian
  • A harrowing and compelling vision . . . the narrator’s voice is so authentic you have to check you are still reading fiction . . . This is a novel which leaves an impression like a blood-soaked hand print, disturbing not only for the terror around this cleaving, pulverising slayer, but the terror turning to ‘ennui’ within him. To call it shocking would be to do it a disservice. To call the writing beautiful would hardly be praise. To call the book staggering would be an understatement

    Waterstones Books Quarterly
  • The power of his material and its hideous relevance rolls all before it . . . This book about children that is in no sense a children’s book deserves to be read

    Independent
  • An extraordinary book . . . horrifying expose . . . vivid . . . . It casts a powerful, if gruesome spell

    Sunday Telegraph

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