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.
Curtis Sittenfeld, author of American Wife, Best Books of 2014
This dazzling novel bites like a tropical insect, and makes anthropology seem more exciting than any other profession
Emma Donogue, author of Room
A brilliant reimagining of Mead's pioneering exploits . . . the artfulness of her characterisation is so adept that her prose has the force of truth.