Starbook tells the tale of a prince and a maiden in a mythical land where a golden age is ending. Their fragile story considers the important questions we all face, exploring creativity, wisdom, suffering and transcendence in a time when imagination still ruled the world. A magnificent achievement and a modern-day parable, Starbook offers a vision of life far greater than ourselves.

What the critics say…

“A work of magic” Sunday Times

“Booker prize-winning Ben Okri’s first novel in five years stands in the grand tradition of myth-making exemplified in One Hundred Years of Solitude and Midnight’s Children, although the book has a vision and voice uniquely its own” Observer

” It is with epic grace that Okri constructs. [He] passionately considers the nuts and bolts of the creative process…how observing art might do so much as to effect change in a human being” Independent on Sunday

“Starbook is wondrous…[Okri] has a diction which glides superbly. His ear is pitch perfect” Scotsman

” A quite beautiful elegy…there is something delightful in Okri’s cosmic world-view” Big Issue

Starbook’s language is so intensely lyrical it reads like a shaman’s incantation” Financial Times

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