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Octavia E. Butler’s ground-breaking masterpiece, with an original foreword by Ayòbámi Adébáyò.

‘The marker you should judge all other time-travelling narratives by’ GUARDIAN

‘[Her] evocative, often troubling, novels explore far-reaching issues of race, sex, power and, ultimately, what it means to be human’ NEW YORK TIMES

‘No novel I’ve read this year has felt as relevant, as gut-wrenching or as essential . . . If you’ve ever tweeted “All Lives Matter“, someone needs to shove Kindred into your hand, and quickly’ CAROLINE O’DONOGHUE



In 1976, Dana dreams of being a writer. In 1815, she is assumed a slave.

When Dana first meets Rufus on a Maryland plantation, he’s drowning. She saves his life – and it will happen again and again.

Neither of them understands his power to summon her whenever his life is threatened, nor the significance of the ties that bind them.

And each time Dana saves him, the more aware she is that her own life might be over before it’s even begun.

This is the extraordinary story of two people bound by blood, separated by so much more than time.




PRAISE FOR OCTAVIA E. BUTLER, THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR


‘Unnervingly prescient and wise’ YAA GYASI

‘Butler’s prose, always pared back to the bone, delineates the painful paradoxes of metamorphosis with compelling precision’ GUARDIAN

‘Octavia Butler was a visionary’ VIOLA DAVIS

‘One of the most significant literary artists of the twentieth century. One cannot exaggerate the impact she has had’ JUNOT DIAZ

‘An icon of the Afrofuturism world, envisioning literary realms that placed black characters front and center’ VANITY FAIR

‘Butler writes with such a familiarity that the alien is welcome and intriguing. She really artfully exposes our human impulse to self-destruct’ LUPITA NYONG’O

Reviews

One of the most significant literary artists of the twentieth century. One cannot exaggerate the impact she has had
Junot Diaz
Butler's prose, always pared back to the bone, delineates the painful paradoxes of metamorphosis with compelling precision
Guardian
[Her] evocative, often troubling, novels explore far-reaching issues of race, sex, power and, ultimately, what it means to be human
New York Times
No novel I've read this year has felt as relevant, as gut-wrenching or as essential... If you've ever tweeted "All Lives Matter", someone needs to shove Kindred into your hand, and quickly
The Pool
Kindred is that rare magical artifact . . . the novel one returns to, again and again
Harlan Ellison
One cannot finish Kindred without feeling changed. It is a shattering work of art
Los Angeles Herald-Examiner
[A] must-read novel
BBC
Everyone should read at least one novel by the grand dame of science fiction, and Kindred is a perfect (and harrowing and disturbing and brilliant) place to start
Refinery 29
The immediate effect of reading Octavia Butler's Kindred is to make every other time travel book in the world look as if it's wimping out... This is a brilliant book, utterly absorbing, very well written, and deeply distressing. It's very hard to read, not because it's not good but because it's so good
Tor
A searing, caustic examination of bizarre and alien practices on the third planet from the sun
Kirkus
One of the most original, thought-provoking works examining race and identity
Los Angeles Times
If you haven't read Butler, you don't yet understand how rich the possibilities of science fiction can be
Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
Butler's books are exceptional
Village Voice
Few writers in our field are so good at blending page-turners with philosophical questions so seamlessly
Cory Doctorow
A dark, compelling and still horribly resonant time travel story
Independent
Impossible to turn away from once you've devoured the first few pages
Starburst