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The Power by Naomi Alderman

In The Power the world is a recognisable place: theres a rich Nigerian kid who lounges around the family pool; a foster girl whose religious parents hide their true nature; a local American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But something vital has changed, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power - they can cause agonising pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world changes utterly.

This extraordinary novel by Naomi Alderman, a Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year and Granta Best of British writer, is not only a gripping story of how the world would change if power was in the hands of women but also exposes, with breath-taking daring, our contemporary world.
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‘The Power’ author Naomi Alderman answers your questions

Viking's recently-published title The Power is set to be turned into a long-running, global television series by Sister Pictures, co-producers of ITV's "Broadchurch". Alderman published three previous novels before The Power. She is also the co-creator and lead writer of smartphone audio adventure app Zombies, Run!
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W hat would the world look like if men were afraid of women rather than women being afraid of men? Through exaggeration and reversal, many books have set out to illuminate inequality or open up new vistas of possibility. It starts with teenage girls. At 14 or 15, the age when in our present world girls are waking to an awareness of their own sexuality tangled up in all the ways society will seek to stifle or exploit it, Alderman has them come alive to the thrill of pure power: the ability to hurt or even kill by releasing electrical jolts from their fingertips. The blood is pounding in her ears. A prickling feeling is spreading along her back, over her shoulders, along her collarbone.

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Lodged within a strip of muscle running along their collarbones, it can produce a deadly electrical charge that renders them able to zap men at will, enfeebling or exterminating them, or just jolting them for sexual kicks. Given that kind of control, how would they act? Probably not. In her dystopian tale, Ms. Her novel, first published in England, has resonated with American readers.

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The Power is a science fiction novel by the British writer Naomi Alderman. President Barack Obama named The Power as one of his favorite books of

My new novel, The Power , is published by Penguin on 27th October It's a piece of feminist science fiction - or speculative fiction, or fiction about a fictional thing rather than a real thing curious concept. In the novel, very suddenly almost all the women in the world develop the power to electrocute people at will. Anything from a tiny tingle all the way to full electro-death. And then everything is different. The novel follows four main characters as they pick their way across this changed world.


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