Beach (Popular Penguin)
Alex Garland's The Beachwas published to immediate acclaim, and has since become a bestselling cult classic and a Hollywood blockbuster. Richard, a gap-year student, is introduced to a beautiful island by the mysterious Daffy. But with drugs and the glamorized violence of Vietnam War films haunting his perception of his Thai paradise, Richard soon finds the hideaway becomes a nightmare. A compulsive adrenaline rush, The Beachis an adventure you'll never forget.
This is Alex Garland's first novel. He lives in North London, NW3.