Late at night in a hotel, Richard is drawn into a conversation with a fellow guest. Through a strip of mosquito netting he hears for the first time of a secret beach, and island Garden of Eden hidden in the islands of a Thai marine park. Next morning, Richard finds a map pinned to his door, and the man who put it there has slashed his wrists.
Alex Garland was born in London in 1970. He has written two novels, The Beach (1996), The Tesseract (1998) and an illustrated novella, The Coma (2003), in collaboration with his father. He has also written two screenplays, 28 Days Later (2002) and Sunshine (2007).