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06 Jul 2023 * HARDBACK * £12.99 * 9781804545430

Inspired by environmental activism, this new collection blends fiction, essay and poetry to make a powerful and very personal appeal for change.

Fiction / FYB (Fiction)
Extent: 128 pages  Format: 180 x 110 mm
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The Comic Destiny
The Freedom Artist
A Way of Being Free
Prayer for the Living
Astonishing the Gods
Mental Fight
Dangerous Love
In Arcadia
A Fire in My Head
The Age of Magic
The Last Gift of the Master Artists
A Time for New Dreams
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Tiger Workby Ben Okri

Inspired by environmental activism, Tiger Work blends fiction, essay and poetry to make a powerful and very personal appeal for change.

If we continue to live as we do now, Ben Okri argues in this evocative collection, there will be no world left for us to fix. He imagines messages, sent to us from beyond the end, from those who saw it coming – from Africa, Europe, the Americas and the rest of the world – exhorting us to change now.

This is a collection comprising two poems and six prose pieces – three short stories, an essay, a letter, and an interview. It has Ben's classic blend of storytelling, fantasy and magic.

Ben Okri was born in Minna, Nigeria. His childhood was divided between Nigeria, where he saw first-hand the consequences of war, and London. He has won many awards over the years, including the Booker Prize for Fiction, and is also an acclaimed essayist, playwright, and poet. In 2019 Astonishing the Gods was named as one of the BBC's '100 Novels That Shaped Our World'.

The Famished Road won the Booker Prize and Astonishing the Gods was selected by the BBC as one of '100 Novels that Shaped Our World'.

Ben Okri is a regular commentator on current affairs; his poem for Grenfell Tower was watched more than 6 million times on Channel 4 News' Facebook page.

Powerful and timely, Okri's new collection will sit alongside works such as Booker-shortlisted The Overstory by Richard Powers in an emerging – and increasingly urgent – canon of writers on the climate crisis.

MARKET: The Overstory by Richard Powers; Weather by Jenny Offill; 'The Machine Stops' by E.M. Forster; The History of Bees by Maja Lunde; 1001 Voices on Climate Change ed. Devi Lockwood.

'Ben Okri is that rare thing, a literary and social visionary, a writer for whom all three – literature, culture and vision – are profoundly interwoven' Ali Smith.
'Where fiction's master of enchantments stares down a real horror, and without blinking or flinching, produces a work of beauty, grace and uncommon power' Marlon James on The Freedom Artist.
'Okri's rhythmic, folk tale-like prose is beguiling.' Sunday Times on The Freedom Artist.
'Okri's otherworldly literary approach has produced masterpieces.' Independent on Sunday.
'Okri's writing has a light-as-air elegance, yet its seriousness keeps the stories gravity-bound.'
New Statesman on The Magic Lamp

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