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This is a special Independent Bookshop Edition, and has very limited quantity available

Orbital Independent Bookshop Edition

‘Awe-inspiring’ Max Porter

Samantha Harvey author


Publisher:Vintage Publishing

Published:13th Jun '24


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Orbital cover

This is an indie exclusive flapped paperback featuring extra content with an exclusive blue tone to the cover title.

Six astronauts rotate in their spacecraft contemplating the world below'A slim, profound study of intimate human fears set against epic vistas'
GUARDIAN'Stunning... An uplifting book'
SUNDAY TIMESA team of astronauts in the International Space Station collect meteorological data, conduct scientific experiments and test the limits of the human body. But mostly they observe. Together they watch their silent blue planet, circling it sixteen times, spinning past continents and cycling through seasons, taking in glaciers and deserts, the peaks of mountains and the swells of oceans. Endless shows of spectacular beauty witnessed in a single day.Yet although separated from the world they cannot escape its constant pull. News reaches them of the death of a mother, and with it comes thoughts of returning home. They look on as a typhoon gathers over an island and people they love, in awe of its magnificence and fearful of its destruction.The fragility of human life fills their conversations, their fears, their dreams. So far from earth, they have never felt more part - or protective - of it. They begin to ask, what is life without earth? What is earth without humanity?

In this slender novel, Harvey seems to have encompassed all of humanity… It is an extraordinary achievement * Observer *
Orbital is entirely original, a serenely beautiful and intelligent creation * Mail on Sunday, *Books of the Year* *
Orbital is the rarest of things, a book that satisfies both my lifelong obsession with space travel and my hunger for sentences and paragraphs that demand to be read and reread… My goodness this novel is beautiful * New Statesman, *Books of the Year* *
Stunning… The beauty of the prose engages the reader fully… An uplifting book * Sunday Times *
In contrast to the bleak apocalyptic tone of much contemporary climate fiction, Orbital’s luminous descriptions remind us of the beauty at stake when humanity plays fast and loose with our single, and singular, blue marble * Financial Times *

ISBN: 9781529922936-IB

Dimensions: 198mm x 129mm x 15mm

Weight: 200g

144 pages