Wonders of a Godless World
First edition cover
|Publisher||Allen & Unwin|
|Media type||Print (Paperback)|
|Pages||260 pp (first edition)|
It follows the story of an orphan girl who is working in the wards of the insane and incapable, but the inhabitants are thrown into turmoil after a series of strange murders following the arrival of a new patient.
Wonders of a Godless World was first published in Australia in October 2009 by Allen & Unwin in trade paperback format. It was released in the United Kingdom in May 2010 by Blue Door. Wonders of a Godless World won the 2009 Aurealis Award for best science fiction novel.
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"Set on an unnamed island in the near present, it is told from the perspective of a simple young woman, an orphan, mute, reared in a mental hospital and an orderly there, who forms a bond with a mysterious coma patient, a man with telepathic powers who claims to be immortal..."
Throughout the book the reader can never be sure that the mute orphan narrator is a reliable narrator. The possibility that her telepathic bond with the patient is in fact a figment of her imagination is always left open. So rather than science fiction, the book could instead be read as an insight into delusion.
- "Wonders of a Godless World". Allen & Unwin. Retrieved 2010-02-01.
- "Wonders of a Godless World by Andrew McGahan". Fantastic Fiction. Retrieved 2010-02-01.
- "Aurealis Awards 2009: Science Fiction Novel Judges’ Report" (PDF). Aurealis Awards. Retrieved 2010-02-01.
- Geordie Williamson, chief literary critic, The Australian
- Andrew McGahan, Interviewed by Jo Case, Readings
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