Alex Garland


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in London, England, The United Kingdom
January 01, 1970

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Alex Garland (born 1970) is a British novelist and screenwriter.

Garland is the son of political cartoonist Nick (Nicholas) Garland. He attended the independent University College School, in Hampstead, London, and the University of Manchester, where he studied art history.

His first novel, The Beach, was published in 1996 and drew on his experiences as a backpacker. The novel quickly became a cult classic and was made into a film by Danny Boyle, with Leonardo DiCaprio.

The Tesseract, Garland's second novel, was published in 1998. This was also made into a film, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers. In 2003, he wrote the screenplay for Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later, starring Cillian Murphy. His third novel, The Coma, was published in 2004 and was illust
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The Beach

3.94 avg rating — 69,170 ratings — published 1996 — 112 editions
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The Coma

3.36 avg rating — 8,074 ratings — published 2004 — 25 editions
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The Tesseract

3.22 avg rating — 5,823 ratings — published 1998 — 41 editions
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28 Days Later

4.10 avg rating — 1,086 ratings — published 2003
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Sunshine

4.08 avg rating — 297 ratings — published 2007
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Ex Machina: Screenplay

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Never Let Me Go

3.93 avg rating — 116 ratings — published 2010 — 2 editions
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Annihilation

3.59 avg rating — 75 ratings3 editions
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Dredd: The Screenplay

3.94 avg rating — 48 ratings — published 2012
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The Island

3.54 avg rating — 26 ratings — published 2008
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“Though I walk through the valley of death I will fear no evil, for I am the evilest motherfucker in the valley”
Alex Garland

“When you develop an infatuation for someone you always find a reason to believe that this is exactly the person for you. It doesn’t need to be a good reason. Taking photographs of the night sky, for example. Now, in the long run, that’s just the kind of dumb, irritating habit that would cause you to split up. But in the haze of infatuation, it’s just what you’ve been searching for all these years.”
Alex Garland, The Beach

“If I'd learnt one thing from travelling, it was that the way to get things done was to go ahead and do them. Don't talk about going to Borneo. Book a ticket, get a visa, pack a bag, and it just happens.”
Alex Garland, The Beach

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August 2016 New School Group Read

 
  45 votes, 25.0%

 
  20 votes, 11.1%

1931, The Waves by Virginia Woolf, 297 pages
 
  18 votes, 10.0%

1966, Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys, 176 pages
 
  17 votes, 9.4%

1997, American Pastoral by Philip Roth, 432 pages
 
  17 votes, 9.4%

 
  15 votes, 8.3%

1963, The Collector by John Fowles, 282 pages
 
  12 votes, 6.7%

1931, The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck, 418 pages
 
  10 votes, 5.6%

1990, Possession by A.S. Byatt, 555 pages
 
  9 votes, 5.0%

1996, The Beach by Alex Garland, 436 pages
 
  5 votes, 2.8%

1948, Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton, 320 pages
 
  4 votes, 2.2%

1949, The Way West by A.B. Guthrie Jr., 352 pages
 
  4 votes, 2.2%

1942, The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas, 528 pages
 
  3 votes, 1.7%

1924, Precious Bane by Mary Webb, 328 pages
 
  1 vote, 0.6%

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