Eden, Jim Crace ( Paperback August 2023)
Eden opens with a summons. The gardeners of Eden are called by their masters, the angels, to see a dead body. It is that of a bird, a creature who has strayed beyond the garden walls.
The garden's inhabitants live an eternal and unblemished life - surrounded by bountiful fields, orchards and lakes, a place where the lord's bidding is done. But outside, where there is poverty and sickness and death, this bird has met a fate that is beyond their imagining. For the gardeners, this summons is a warning.
Deliciously intriguing and utterly propulsive, eden by Jim Crace is both a love story and a song to freedom, a novel that toys with creation myth and asks, where does authority lie? Who commands fear?
Lyrical, thought provoking and original.