Wonders of a Godless World

Andrew McGahan

Wonders of a Godless World
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Wonders of a Godless World

Andrew McGahan

On an unnamed island, in a Gothic hospital sitting in the shadow of a volcano, a wordless orphan girl works on the wards housing the insane and the incapable. When a silent, unmoving and unnerving new patient - a foreigner - arrives at the hospital, strange phenomena occur, bizarre murders take place, and the lives of the patients and the island’s inhabitants are thrown into turmoil. What happens between them is an extraordinary exploration of consciousness, reality and madness. Wonders of a Godless World from Miles Franklin-winner Andrew McGahan, is a huge and dramatic beast of a book. It is a thought-provoking investigation into character and consciousness, a powerful cautionary tale, and a head-stretching fable about the earth, nature and the power of the mind. It is utterly unlike anything you’ve read before - it will take you by the shoulders and hold you in its grip to its nerve-tingling finale.


I would love to reach into Andrew McGahan’s head and see just where this inventive, politically spiked, genre-bending Australian author gets his inspiration. McGahan’s writing is a pleasure to read, he’s a great storyteller and Wonders of a Godless World – a wild leap away from his Miles Franklin-winning book The White Earth – will not disappoint.

The story begins innocently enough: on a tropical island a man is transferred, unconscious and unknown, to a run-down hospital for the mentally ill. From here, McGahan launches the reader on a mind-bending journey as the comatose stranger begins to affect the other patients and staff, and the island is thrown into havoc when volcanic eruptions, bizarre murders and shocking mutilations take place.

This book is totally unexpected and you won’t be able to put it down. It’s a thriller, an environmental plea, a book about madness, mind control, nature, space travel and just what it means to live forever. If you’re looking to escape the mundane, I recommend you pick up a copy of this book and dive into McGahan’s astonishing imagination.

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