'She throws her head back and pushes her chest forward and lets go a huge blast right into the centre of his body. The rivulets and streams of red scarring run across his chest and up around his throat. She'd put her hand on his heart and stopped him dead.' Suddenly - tomorrow or the day after - 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, and we look at the world in an entirely new light. What if the power to hurt were in women's hands?
Baileys Winner 2017
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Winner 2017
Alderman is a fluent and powerful writer Sunday Times 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 Rich, fresh, fascinating Sunday Times (on 'Disobedience') Stunningly accomplished ... a novel of such intensity, meaning and depth that it must be destined to become a classic' Radio 4 Saturday Review (on The Liars' Gospel) A very visceral novel, filled with clamouring egos, fears, manipulations, the instinct for survival ... Expect to be sucked in. Superb Daily Mail (on 'The Liars' Gospel') Succeeds magnificently, superb, brilliant. A provocative and mesmerizing novel New Statesman (on 'The Liars' Gospel') A world as beautiful and sinister as any in a fairytale. A pleasure to read Independent (on The Lessons)
Naomi Alderman is the author of four novels: Disobedience, The Lessons and The Liar's 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 Best of Young British Novelists, and Waterstones' 25 Writers for the Future. All of her novels have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Book at Bedtime. She lives in London.