Released on 11 September 2014.

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Euphoria

3.84 based on 43972 ratings & 5108 reviews on Goodreads.com

2015 Long-listed

The Folio Prize

Synopsis

THE NEW YORK TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLER
WINNER OF THE 2014 KIRKUS PRIZE FOR FICTION

Inspired by the true story of a woman who changed the way we understand our world.

In 1933 three young, gifted anthropologists are thrown together in the jungle of New Guinea. They are Nell Stone, fascinating, magnetic and famous for her controversial work studying South Pacific tribes, her intelligent and aggressive husband Fen, and Andrew Bankson, who stumbles into the lives of this strange couple and becomes totally enthralled. Within months the trio are producing their best ever work, but soon a firestorm of fierce love and jealousy begins to burn out of control, threatening their bonds, their careers, and, ultimately, their lives . . .

'Dazzling' Emma Donoghue, author of Room

In the media

Each page of the book permeates with a ripening sensuality, a blend of tropical heat, tension, and - crucially - the observation at close range of a culture where mutual sexual satisfaction is key . . . Kings's writing is soaring, rapturous. While it raises uncomfortable moral questions that recall Ann Patchett's Conradesque State of Wonder, it holds the fatalism of the tragic love story, of history closing in.
Independent
Persuasive and evocative . . . Finely crafted . . . it shows a talented writer unwilling to settle for what she already does well and eager to give herself new challenges; her ambition is laudable
Los Angeles Times
This impeccably researched story illuminates the state of the world as clearly as the passion of its characters . . . a thrilling read that, at its end, does indeed feel like 'the briefest, purest euphoria''
Publishers Weekly