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Winner, Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, 2017
In The Power the world is a recognisable place: there’s a rich Nigerian kid who lounges around the family pool; a foster girl whose religious parents hide their true nature; a local American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But something vital has changed, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power – they can cause agonising pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world changes utterly.
This extraordinary novel by Naomi Alderman, a Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year and Granta Best of British writer, is not only a gripping story of how the world would change if power was in the hands of women but also exposes, with breath-taking daring, our contemporary world.
“Magnificent. I’m agog. I’m several gogs. Smart and scary and sad but true. It’s a classic, in the way that it’s hard to imagine it ever wasn’t there.”―Joss Whedon
“Alderman has written our era’s Handmaid’s Tale, and, like Margaret Atwood’s classic, The Power is one of those essential feminist works that terrifies and illuminates, enrages and encourages….This book sparks with such electric satire that you should read it wearing insulated gloves.”―Ron Charles, Washington Post
“Narratively complex, philosophically searching, and gorgeously rendered.”―Lisa Shea, Elle
“Fierce and unsettling…Through immersive prose and a riveting plot, Alderman explores how power corrupts everyone: those who gain it, and those resisting its loss.”―Radhika Jones, New York Times Book Review
“Richly imagined, ambitious, and propulsively written.”―Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic
“Alderman’s writing is beautiful, and her intelligence seems almost limitless. She also has a pitch-dark sense of humor that she wields perfectly.”―Michael Schaub, NPR
“Alderman’s tilted dystopia is a smartly layered place of slippery slopes and moral ambiguities, a fitting folktale for strange times.”―Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly
“I was riveted by every page. Alderman’s prose is immersive and, well, electric, and I felt a closed circuit humming between the book and me as I read.”―Amal El-Mohtar, New York Times Book Review
“An instant classic of speculative fiction… Smart, readable and joyously achieved.”
―Justine Jordan, Guardian
Naomi Alderman is the recipient of the 2017 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction for The Power. She is also the author of The Liars' Gospel and Disobedience, which won the Orange Prize for New Writers, has been published in ten languages, and has been made into a film by Rachel Weisz.
Alderman was selected for Granta's once-a-decade list of Best of Young British Novelists and was chosen by Margaret Atwood as part of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. She is the cocreator and lead writer of the bestselling smartphone audio adventure app Zombies, Run! She contributes regularly to The Guardian and presents Science Stories on BBC Radio 4. She lives in London.