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Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Life of Pi

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Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2002.

Pi’s family is moving their zoo when the boat sinks and 16-year old Pi is left afloat in a lifeboat with four animals that includes a tiger. Up to that point the book is slow to get into but persevere for this unique work is stunning. It’s brutal, hopeful, humorous, philosophical, almost implausible and yet strangely believable. A tale that will remain with you for a very long time and deserves another read.

Comparison: Mark Haddon (The Curious Case of the Dog in the Night-Time), Audrey Niffenegger (The Time Traveler’s Wife), Aravind Adiga (The White Tiger).

The Life of Pi is now a major motion picture from Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee and opens in the UK on 20 December 2012.

If you like Yann Martel you might also like to read books by Haruki Murakami, Jim Crace and Arundhati Roy.

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Life of Pi by Yann Martel

One boy, one boat, one tiger ...After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship, a solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild, blue Pacific.

The only survivors from the wreck are a sixteen year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a zebra (with a broken leg), a female orang-utan and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger. The scene is set for one of the most extraordinary and best-loved works of fiction in recent years.


'Every page offers something of tension, humanity, surprise, or even ecstasy' The Times

'A terrific book ... fresh, original, smart, devious, and crammed with absorbing lore' Margaret Atwood, Sunday Times

'A unique and original story, brilliantly told' Guardian

'Full of clever tricks, amusing asides and grand originality' Daily Telegraph

'Ultimately uplifting' Daily Mail

'Extraordinary...Life of Pi could renew your faith in the ability of novelists to invest even the most outrageous scenario with plausible life' New York Times Book Review

'Martel's engaging characterization and vivid description enliven and enrich this dreamy, fantastic tale' The Times

'Its appeal has endured, with a worldwide 'readalong of the book next month and a moniker as a 'modern classic' to boot. The moniker, in this instance, is utterly deserved... Pi is bewitching, the tale both nihilistic and naive, philosophical and playful, deeply moving while always treading the line clear of schmalz' Arifa Akbar, Independent

'Martel has a warm way of engaging with the reader' Robert Burdock,

About the Author

Yann Martel

Yann Martel was born in Spain in 1963 of Canadian parents. After studying philosophy at university, he worked at odd jobs and travelled before turning to writing. He is the author of the internationally acclaimed 2002 Man Booker Prize-winning novel Life of Pi, as well as the novel Self, the stories The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios, and the collection of letters to the Prime Minister of Canada What is Stephen Harper Reading?. Yann Martel lives in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Author photo © Alice Kuiper

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Publication date

4th October 2012


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Canongate Books Ltd


352 pages


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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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