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Head of Zeus
Prayer for the Living
Prayer for the Living Ben Okri

Topical and timely, Booker Prize-winning author Ben Okri's new collection of short stories blur parallel realities and walk the line between darkness and magic.

Is what you see all there is? Look again.

Playful, frightening, even shocking – the stories in this collection blur the lines between illusion and reality. This is a writer at the height of his power, making the reader think, making them laugh, and sometimes making them want to look away while holding their gaze.

Stories here are set in London, in Byzantium, in the ghetto, in the Andes, in a printer's shop in Spain. The characters include a murderer, a writer, a detective, a man in a cave, a man in a mirror, two little boys, a prison door, and the author himself.

There are twenty-three stories in all. Each one will make you wonder if what you see in the world is all there is...

Head of Zeus * Fiction
03 Oct 2019 * 240pp * £7.99 * 9781789544589
'Okri is always good company and these 20-odd tales showcase his lucid prose and freewheeling imagination'
Mail on Sunday
'Okri is a master of the genre: these fables are concise and otherworldly. Resplendent and lingering, they capture an ethereal plane between wakefulness and sleep with a skewed, dreamlike brutality and beauty ... Okri's magnificent twilight zone provides a surreal and unique insight'
The Lady
'Okri is a master storyteller'
'The reader is in no doubt they are in the hands of a master storyteller throughout'
Belfast Telegraph
'Timeous, shocking and perceptive'
TimesLIVE (South Africa)
'An air of magic hovers over many of the tales ... What really makes a tale, Okri shows, is how it is told'
New Statesman
Ben Okri
Ben Okri
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 prizes over the years for his fiction, and is also an acclaimed essayist, playwright, and poet. His novel The Freedom Artist was published by Head of Zeus in 2019.
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An Indecent Obsession
The Fundamentals of Caring
Something Quite Beautiful
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A Christmas Wish
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The Ten Pound Ticket
Little Sisters
The Cloning of Joanna May
The Rules of Life
Darcy's Utopia
Life Force
The Shrapnel Academy
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Wicked Women
Fay Weldon Omnibus
The Ted Dreams
Three-and-a-Half Heartbeats
The Royal We
Little Miracle
The Perfect Marriage
Imogen's Baby
Miss Potterton's Birthday Tea
Secrets We Keep
The Other Wives Club
Just the Two of Us
A Life Without You
The Prophet
In White Ink
The Conductor
The Sentinel
Poppy Day
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