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Witty, thrilling and uncannily prophetic: Brave New World remains a startling warning against a future that seems eerily present already

'The best science fiction book ever, definitely the most prescient... Looking at our present trajectory we are on the way to Brave New World' Yuval Noah Harari, author of Sapiens and Homo Deus

‘A masterpiece of speculation... As vibrant, fresh, and somehow shocking as it was when I first read it’ Margaret Atwood

A grave warning... Provoking, stimulating, shocking and dazzling' Observer

'What Aldous Huxley presented as fiction with the human hatcheries of Brave New World has become fact. The consequences are profound and, if we don't get it right, deeply disturbing' John Humphries, Sunday Times

WITH INTRODUCTIONS BY MARGARET ATWOOD AND DAVID BRADSHAW

Far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs all its members are happy consumers. Bernard Marx seems alone harbouring an ill-defined longing to break free. A visit to one of the few remaining Savage Reservations where the old, imperfect life still continues, may be the cure for his distress...

Huxley's ingenious fantasy of the future sheds a blazing light on the present and is considered to be his most enduring masterpiece.

Reviews

It is impossible to read Brave New World without being impressed by Huxley's eerie glimpses into the present

New Statesman

The 20th century could be seen as a race between two versions of man-made hell - the jackbooted state totalitarianism of Orwell's Nineteen Eight-Four, and the hedonistic ersatz paradise of Brave New World, where absolutely everything is a consumer good and human beings are engineered to be happy

Margaret Atwood, Guardian

Aldous Huxley was uncannily prophetic, a more astute guide to the future than any other 20th century novelist ... Nineteen Eighty-Four has never really arrived, but Brave New World is around us everywhere

JG Ballard

A brilliant tour de force, Brave New World may be read as a grave warning of the pitfalls that await uncontrolled scientific advance. Full of barbed wit and malice-spiked frankness. Provoking, stimulating, shocking and dazzling

Observer

What Aldous Huxley presented as fiction with the human hatcheries of Brave New World has become fact. The consequences are profound and, if we don't get it right, deeply disturbing

John Humphrys, Sunday Times

The most prophetic book of the 20th century... If you have time for just one book, this would be my top choice.

Yuval Noah Harari

Huxley's nightmare, set out in Brave New World, his great dystopian novel, was that we would be undone by the things that delight us

Guardian

Such ingenious wit, derisive logic and swiftness of expression, Huxley's resources of sardonic invention have never been more brilliantly displayed

The Times

Not a work for people with tender minds and weak stomachs

J.B. Priestley

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  • Brave New World
    Aldous Huxley

    Paperback

    9780099518471

    January 1, 2008

    Vintage Classics

    288 pages

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  • Paperback

    9781784870140

    January 2, 2015

    Vintage Classics

    288 pages

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  • Hardback

    9781841593593

    December 2, 2013

    Everyman

    264 pages

    RRP $29.99

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  • EBook

    9781407021010

    May 1, 2010

    Vintage Digital

    288 pages

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  • Audio CD

    9781785293436

    August 18, 2016

    BBC CD

    RRP $29.99

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