Nation is the newest, about to be released book by Terry Pratchett.

So far all of his previous children and young adult books have fulfilled their promise to be great reads and this one looks to be yet another to add to the bookshelves.

You can get a sneek peak inside the first 78 pages (or 3 and a bit chapters) if you visit the link that I have pasted at the bottom of this post.  HarperCollins have also included the Author’s Notes at the end of this preview.  I think that the last note is wonderful…

This book contains some.  Whether you try it at home is up to you.

If you don’t want to read through the first three chapters, then here is the teaser as per the publisher’s website:

The sea has taken everything.

Mau is the only one left after a giant wave sweeps his island village away. But when much is taken, something is returned, and somewhere in the jungle Daphne—a girl from the other side of the globe—is the sole survivor of a ship destroyed by the same wave.

Together the two confront the aftermath of catastrophe. Drawn by the smoke of Mau and Daphne’s sheltering fire, other refugees slowly arrive: children without parents, mothers without babies, husbands without wives—all of them hungry and all of them frightened. As Mau and Daphne struggle to keep the small band safe and fed, they defy ancestral spirits, challenge death himself, and uncover a long-hidden secret that literally turns the world upside down. . . .

Sadly, while visiting the publisher’s website I also noted that Mr Pratchett has been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s Disease.  Apparently he is active in fundraising efforts for Alzheimer’s research and you can read a speech he made to the Alzheimer’s Research Trust Conference.

It is more than a little sad to think that such a creative talent is going to have this struggle to face.


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