Released on 11 September 2014.

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Euphoria

3.84 based on 45634 ratings & 5244 reviews on Goodreads.com

2015 Long-listed

The Folio Prize

Synopsis

It is the 1930s, and Englishman Andrew Bankson has been alone in the field for several years, studying a tribe in the Territory of New Guinea. Increasingly frustrated and isolated by his research, Bankson is on the verge of suicide when he encounters the famous and controversial anthropologist Nell Stone and her wry, mercurial husband, Fen. Bankson is enthralled by the magnetic couple, but Nell and Fen - hungry for a new discovery - have their own reasons for befriending Bankson. When Bankson leads them to the artistic, female-dominated Tam tribe, he ignites an intellectual and emotional firestorm between the three of them that burns out of control. Ultimately, their groundbreaking work will make history, but not without sacrifice.

Inspired by the life of revolutionary anthropologist Margaret Mead, Euphoria is a captivating story of desire, possession and discovery.

In the media

Dramatic, insightful and absorbing . . . she captures the amber of one man's exquisite longing for a woman who changed the way we look at ourselves
Washington Post
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
From Conrad to Kingsolver, the misdeeds of Westerners have inspired their own literary subgenre, and in King's insightful, romantic addition, the work of novelist and anthropologist find resonant parallel: In the beauty and cruelty of others, we discover our own
Vogue