Finding himself alone on a desert island when everything and everyone he knows and loved has been washed away in a huge storm, Mau is the last surviving member of his nation. He's also completely alone - or so he thinks until he finds the ghost girl. She has no toes, wears strange lacy trousers like the grandfather bird and gives him a stick that can make fire.
Daphne, sole survivor of the wreck of the Sweet Judy, almost immediately regrets trying to shoot the native boy. Thank goodness the powder was wet and the gun only produced a spark. She's certain her father, distant cousin of the Royal family, will come and rescue her, but it seems, for now, all she has for company is the boy and the foul-mouthed ship's parrot.
As it happens, they are not alone for long. Other survivors start to arrive to take refuge on the island they all call the Nation, and then raiders accompanied by murderous mutineers from the Sweet Judy. Together, Mau and Daphne discover some remarkable things - including how to milk a pig and why spitting in beer is a good thing - and start to forge a new Nation.
As can be expected from Terry Pratchett, the master story-teller, this new children's novel is both witty and wise, encompassing themes of death and nationhood, while being extremely funny. Mau's ancestors have something to teach us all. Mau just wishes they would shut up about it and let him get on with saving everyone's lives!
©2008 Terry and Lyn Pratchett (P)2009 ISIS Publishing
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5 out of 5 stars
By Robyn on 09-11-16


Well that was different.....but thoroughly enjoyable.

My first full Pratchett novel. (I tried Discworld but was put off by a horrid audible recording, plus couldn't seem to get into the bizarreness of it all).

This is a little like observational humour. It states the obvious, in the most candid of ways - and made me think about the most complex of things in the simplest of ways.

There's an honesty to the writing that brings humour and entertainment to the fore.

Some laugh out loud moments, and statements so wonderfully obvious that they will stay with me for a long "the purpose of a table is to make the ground higher" - (with reference to eating while sitting on the floor, or at a table).

Five stars for the fun factor, even if the story itself was simple - arguably though, that may be its strength. You decide.

A fun listen and a worthy spend of a credit. Narration was spot on.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mau on 12-04-11

Great from beginning to end

For some reason, even though I am a big TP fan, this book never interested me when it was first released. DemonBoy was I wrong! It is engaging from the beginning, parts will have you laughing out loud and then sobbing. Although it seems to be a 'one off' series, the characters are well developed and in no time you feel that you have known them all your life. Don't put it off as I did, get this today

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By Christina on 11-12-12

Best Book Ever

What made the experience of listening to Nation the most enjoyable?

In Nation, Pratchett dispenses with his usual Disc World plots and give us instead a This World plot from our not very distant past with, of course, a typical Pratchett-esque twist. Taking history on a slightly different course to emphasize a point, Pratchett does that which he does so very well - makes us look at ourselves a little differently. He does so with a great deal of wit and humor, giving us heroes and heroines to root for, and a cadre of supporting characters to completely charm us. And just maybe, if we aren't careful, we might end up learning something.

Read most excellently by Stephen Briggs, this is an audiobook for anyone who likes a good adventure yarn.

What does Stephen Briggs bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Briggs does an excellent job of narrating. It's clear that he is enjoying the story just as much as the listener, and he really brings all the characters to life. It's like listening to the best ever bedtime story-teller.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Mau's epiphany on the water, when he realizes that however flawed the gods of his world have proven to be, they serve a purpose.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Celine on 19-03-18

The most Pratchett book

And I've read them all. Catching, wise, funny and optimistic in its way. Stephen Briggs is as usual at his best.

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