This Other Eden by Paul Harding (HC)

This Other Eden by Paul Harding (HC)

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Set at the beginning of the twentieth century and inspired by historical events, This Other Eden tells the story of Apple Island: an enclave off the coast of the United States where waves of castaways - in flight from society and its judgment - have landed and built a home.

Benjamin Honey- American, Bantu, Igbo- born enslaved- freed or fled at fifteen- aspiring orchardist, arrived on the island with his Irish wife, Patience, and discovered they could make a life together there. More than a century later, the Honeys' descendants remain, with an eccentric, diverse band of neighbours. Then comes the intrusion of 'civilization': officials determine to 'cleanse' the island, and a missionary schoolteacher selects one light-skinned boy to save. The rest will succumb to the authorities' institutions or cast themselves on the waters in a new Noah's Ark.

Full of lyricism and power, Paul Harding's 
This Other Eden explores the hopes and dreams and resilience of those seen not to fit a world brutally intolerant of difference.


"Masterful . . . [This Other Eden] has much to say to our times." - Guardian

"A testament of love . . . so real it could make you weep." - Danez Smith, New York Times

"A luminous, thought-provoking novel." - Esi Edugyan, author of 
Washington Black

Hardcover Edition
Publisher: Hutchinson Heinemann
ISBN: 978-1529152548
Pages: 224