Explorers of the New Century

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Explorers of the New Century
First edition
Author Magnus Mills
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Adventure
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (UK)
Mariner Books (US)
Publication date
Sep 2005
Media type Print & eBook
Pages 192
ISBN 0-7475-8018-9
Preceded by The Scheme for Full Employment (2003)
Followed by The Maintenance of Headway (2009)

Explorers of the New Century is the fifth novel by Booker shortlisted author Magnus Mills, published in 2005.[1][2]

Plot Introduction[edit]

Two expeditions set out to be the first to reach "the Agreed Furthest Point", by two different routes. As they encounter rigorous conditions and difficulties along the way, things begin to unravel. In quintessential Magnus Mills fashion, nothing is as it first seems, and there are lessons to be learned — as well as surprises to anticipate...


  • The Complete Review's assessment was "nice twist, nice approach", all reviews "very mixed reactions (and a variety of interpretations)."
  • David Grylls of the Sunday Times said, "As the book travels from the fatuous to the alarming, a fabular structure begins to emerge, hinting that themes of empire and exploitation, slavery and segregation, are being explored. Although the book remains teasingly vague, a political subtext surfaces. (...) But while the novel undoubtedly harbours darker elements, its most successful mode is deadpan humour."[3]


  1. ^ Nicholas Royle: Explorers of the New Century, by Magnus Mills, http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/reviews/explorers-of-the-new-century-by-magnus-mills-506951.html, Friday, 16 September 2005.
  2. ^ James Flint: The games men play, James Flint reviews Explorers of the New Century by Magnus Mills, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/3646162/The-games-men-play.html, 12:01AM BST 28 Aug 2005.
  3. ^ The Complete Review, Review Summaries, http://www.complete-review.com/reviews/millsm/explore.htm#top.

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