Released on 11 September 2014.

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2015 Long-listed

The Folio Prize


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.

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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.

King immerses us so fully in the lives of her characters that they remain excellent company beyond the pages
of this book. Her research is so well digested that she is able to drop us into the complexities of their work without
being didactic

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