Alex Garland

Alex Garland

Alex Garland is an English novelist, screenwriter, film producer, and director. He is the author of the bestselling novels The Beach, The Tesseract, and The Coma. He's written numerous screenplays including: Ex Machina, 28 Days Later, and Never Let Me Go (based on the novel by Kazuro Ishiguro). 

"The Beach is fresh, fast paced, compulsive, and clever-a Lord of the Flies for Generation X. It has all the makings of a cult classic. " —Nick Hornby


The Coma

The Coma is a gripping mystery and stylish tour de force that delves into the subconscious mind, with brilliantly disturbing results. A young man is brutally assaulted lat at night in an Underground train by a group of thugs. Beaten unconscious he lies for days in a hospital bed- but appears to make a full recovery. On discharge from hospital , Carl picks up threads of his daily life, visiting friends seeing his girlfriend- until her starts to notice strange leaps in his perception of time, distortions in his experience. Is he truly reactin gwith the outside world, or might he be terribly mistaken.

This mysterious and unsettling tale is illustrated with forty woodcuts created by the author's father, the political cartoonist Nicholas Garland.
(Riverhead Books, July 2005)

The Tesseract

In a sweaty cockrach hotel in Manila, Sean paces his room, loads his gun and awaits the arrival of gangster boss Don Pepe. In anoter part of the city, a mother with troubles of her own puts her family to bed, and a mysterious psychologist walks the street collecting the dreams of young gangs. Over one night, three lives, three fates and three stories will violently collide in the moment of the Tesseract. (Riverhead, January 2000)

The Beach

Richard lands in East Asia in search of an earthly utopia. In Thailand he is given a map promising an unkown island, a secluded beach- a new way of life. What Richard finds when he gets there is breathtaking: more extraordinary, more frightening than his wildest dreams.

But how long can paradise survive here on earth? And what lengths will Richard go to in order to save it?
(Riverhead, February 1998)