The Book of Joan

Lidia Yuknavitch

Burning is an art.
The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch (Hardback ISBN 9781786892393) book cover

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Internationally bestselling author Lidia Yuknavitch offers a vision of our near-extinction and a re-imagined Joan of Arc poised to save a world ravaged by war, in this genre-defying masterpiece


A group of rebels have united to save a world ravaged by war, violence and greed. Joan is their leader. Jean de Men is their foe. The future of humanity is being rewritten …

Lidia Yuknavitch’s mesmerising novel sees Joan of Arc’s story reborn for the near future. It is a genre-defying masterpiece that may very well rewire your brain.

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New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

“Brilliant and incendiary … The Book of Joan has the same unflinching quality as earlier works by Josephine Saxton, Doris Lessing, Frank Herbert, Ursula K. Le Guin and J.G. Ballard. Yet it’s also radically new, full of maniacal invention and page-turning momentum … A rich, heady concoction, rippling with provocative ideas”
Jeff Vandermeer
new York Times

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“Joan of Arc and Christine de Pizan are reimagined in a post-apocalyptic dystopia, in this compellingly ambitious examination of gender, semiotics and warfare”

“Extraordinary … A wild ride … The pleasure of this novel is its inventive energy; it aims to burn itself into your skin”
financial Times

“A raucous celebration, a searing condemnation, and fiercely imaginative retelling of Joan of Arc’s transcendent life”
Roxane Gay

“Yuknavitch’s weirdly beautiful Joan is a reinvention of what being human is”
new Statesman

Lidia Yuknavitch

Lidia Yuknavitch is the author of the novels The Book of Joan, The Small Backs of Children (winner of the 2016 Oregon Book Awards’ Ken Kesey Award for Fiction and the Readers’ Choice Award) and Dora: A Headcase. Her highly acclaimed memoir, The Chronology of Water, was a finalist for a PEN Center USA award for Creative Non-fiction and winner of a PNBA Award and the Oregon Book Awards’ Readers’ Choice. Her TED talk, ‘The Beauty of Being a Misfit’, has been watched over two million times. Lidia teaches in Oregon, where she lives with her husband Andy Mingo and their son. She is a very good swimmer.

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From the Waterstones vlog: Liv talks The Book of Joan. “It is fiercely feminist, fiercely intelligent - unabashedly so - it’s raw, it’s vital, it’s bubbling and bristling, full of energy and it is absolutely fantastic.”