By Nicholas Binge

“Old-school creepy. . . a five-star horror novel.” STEPHEN KING

A mind-bending speculative thriller in which the sudden appearance of a mountain in the middle of the Pacific Ocean leads a group of scientists to a series of jaw-dropping revelations that challenge the notion of what it means to be human.


When a mountain mysteriously appears in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, a group of scientists are sent to investigate – and discover what is at the summit.

Eminent scientist, explorer and chronic loner Harry Tunmore is among those asked to join the secret mission – and he has his own reasons for joining the team beyond scientific curiosity…

But the higher the team ascend, the stranger things become. Time and space behave differently on the mountain, turning minutes into hours, and hours into days. Amid the whipping cold and steep dangers of higher elevation, the climbers’ limbs numb and memories of their lives before the mountain begin to fade.

What will they discover about themselves and their world as they rise? What, or who, will they discover at the top?

Framed by the discovery of Harry Tunmore’s unsent letters to his family and the chilling and provocative story they tell, Ascension considers the limitations of science and faith and examines both the beautiful and the unsettling sides of human nature.

Format: Hardback
Release Date: 27 Apr 2023
Pages: 336
ISBN: 978-0-00-850581-3
Nicholas Binge was born in Singapore and has since lived in Switzerland, Hong Kong, and the UK. He is an author of speculative fiction and his recent novel Professor Everywhere was shortlisted for the Proverse Prize for Literature in Hong Kong. He has a deep love for anything weird, anything that pushes boundaries, and anything that makes him cry.He lives and works in Edinburgh with his family, where he also teaches

‘An accomplished and clever speculative thriller that explores the limits of human knowledge’THE TIMES -

‘Gripping and intriguing.’DAILY MAIL -

‘Jaw-dropping’COSMOPOLITAN -

‘Binge’s eerie speculative thriller looks both outward at the edges of scientific understanding, and inward at the meaning of responsibility, remorse and the human capacity for salvaging mercy from tragedy.’THE WASHINGTON POST -

‘Myth, physics, religion and human nature…it’s all there in this brilliant, brain-twisting, high-concept tour-de-force that keeps you reading just as the scientists in the story are compelled to keep climbing.’DAILY MAIL -

”'You’ve gotta read Ascension by Nicholas Binge. Old-school creepy…a five-star horror novel.” - Stephen King

‘Binge is an author to watch and if his subsequent novels are anything close to ASCENSION, I'll be reading every single one. A fantastic achievement that'll make me look at my beloved mountains twice.’TJ Klune, New York Times bestselling author -

‘Binge has written a profound and elegiac story that examines science, faith and the concept of humanity itself… I will be thinking about this one for a long time!’Sunyi Dean, Sunday Times bestselling author of THE BOOK EATERS -

‘A rollicking good read. Playful, inventive and vivid, with addictive narrative drive. Astonishingly accomplished.’Lionel Shriver, bestselling author of WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN -

‘Both the science and the suspense are perfection, all held together by a robust emotional core. I enjoyed it immensely’Tade Thompson, award-winning author of ROSEWATER and FAR FROM THE LIGHT OF HEAVEN -

‘A real page turner; Binge is an author to watch.’Richard Swan, author of THE JUSTICE OF KINGS -

‘Ascension is a thrill ride of a novel that kept me reading well past my bedtime’Michael Mammay, author of the PLANETSIDE SERIES -