Astonishing the Gods by Ben Okri is one of the 100 Novels That Shaped Our World

ASTONISHING THE GODS by Ben Okri, first published in 1995, has been selected as one of the '100 Novels That Shaped Our World' in the category 'Life, Death & Other Worlds'.

The BBC asked a panel of leading writers, curators and critics to choose 100 genre-busting novels that have had an impact on their lives: the full list is available here.

The list is intended to mark the 300th anniversary of Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, and it launches a year-long celebration of literature at the BBC, headed by the new BBC Two series 'Novels That Shaped Our World'.

The panel are Radio 4 Front Row presenter and Times Literary Supplement editor Stig Abell, broadcaster Mariella Frostrup, authors Juno Dawson, Kit de Waal and Alexander McCall Smith, and Bradford Festival Literary Director Syima Aslam.

ASTONISHING THE GODS was recently re-published by Head of Zeus.

The book is a deceptively simple modern fable with an ancient origin. A young man finds himself living among invisible beings who have built a utopia based on one principle: that we must repeat or suffer every experience until we experience it properly and fully for the first time.

'The hero of this novel finds what he did not seek, and goes where he did not intend to go. As I did in writing it.' - Ben Okri.