Lily King

26 January 2023
272 pages


The New York Times Top Ten Bestseller

From the author of Writers & Lovers, Euphoria is Lily King’s gripping novel inspired by the true story of a woman who changed the way we understand our world.

‘Pretty much perfect’Curtis Sittenfeld, author of Rodham

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; her intelligent but aggressive husband Fen, who is uneasy with her success; and Andrew Bankson, who stumbles into the lives of this strange couple and becomes totally enthralled by Nell. 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 . . .

‘Lily King is one of our great literary treasures’ – Madeline Miller, author of The Song of Achilles

‘Dazzling’ – Emma Donoghue, author of Room

‘Taut, witty, fiercely intelligent . . . a love triangle in extremis’ – The New York Times

Pretty much perfect. It's a novel about a Margaret Mead-like character in New Guinea in the 30s, and it's so smart and rich and alive.
This dazzling novel bites like a tropical insect, and makes anthropology seem more exciting than any other profession
A brilliant reimagining of Mead's pioneering exploits . . . the artfulness of her characterisation is so adept that her prose has the force of truth.