The first ever broadcast dramatisation of Ursula Le Guin''s seminal science fiction novel.
On an alien world in the middle of an Ice Age, one man prepares for the biggest mission of his life. Alone and unarmed, Genly Ai has been sent from Earth to persuade the people of Gethen to join the Ekumen, a union of planets. But it''s a task fraught with danger.
Genly is shocking to the natives, for Gethen is a world in which humans are ambigendered ? everyone can be a mother, and everyone can be a father. First Minister Estraven is the only person who champions Genly''s cause, but their relationship is deeply incomprehensible and troubling.
As the duo embark on a journey that will take them to the edge of their physical and emotional endurance, the stakes are high ? to save a world from war, and save their own lives.
Ursula Le Guin''s award-winning masterpiece was one of the first feminist SF novels, and this compelling dramatisation is both a subtle exploration of gender and a thrilling tale of love, betrayal and survival in a landscape of endless snow and ice. It stars Lesley Sharp (Scott & Bailey), Toby Jones (Dad''s Army) and Louise Brealey (Sherlock).. Duration: 2 hours approx.
Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Exit West written and read by Mohsin Hamid.
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017.
This is Nadia. She is fiercely independent with an excellent sense of humour and a love of smoking alone on her balcony late at night.
This is Saeed. He is sweet and shy and kind to strangers. He also has a balcony but he uses his for star-gazing.
This is their story: a love story, but also a story about how we live now and how we might live tomorrow. Saeed and Nadia are falling in love, and their city is falling apart. Here is a world in crisis and two human beings travelling through it.
Exit West is a heartfelt and radical act of hope - a novel to restore your faith in humanity and in the power of imagination.
''Mixing the real and the surreal, using old fairy-tale magic... Compelling, crystalline, unnervingly dystopian'' Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
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The turning point for the entire Star Wars saga is at hand. . . .
As combat escalates across the galaxy, the stage is set for an explosive endgame: Obi-Wan undertakes a perilous mission to destroy the dreaded Separatist military leader, General Grievous. Supreme Chancellor Palpatine continues to strip away constitutional liberties in the name of security while influencing public opinion to turn against the Jedi. And a conflicted Anakin fears that his secret love, Senator PadmÃ© Amidala, will die. Tormented by unspeakable visions, Anakin edges closer to the brink of a galaxy-shaping decision. It remains only for Darth Sidious to strike the final staggering blow against the Republic-and to ordain a fearsome new Sith Lord: Darth Vader.
Based on the screenplay of the final film in George Lucas''s epic saga, bestselling Star Wars author Matthew Stover''s novel crackles with action, captures the iconic characters in all their complexity, and brings a space opera masterpiece full circle in stunning style.
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