Robin Baker

Lord of the Flies meets Lost meets The Beach. Presumed dead, a group of undergraduate students who go missing on a deserted Pacific island emerge one year later in two groups of ragged (and naked) survivors. All but one of the surviving women have conceived, and two students, plus their professor, are said to have died. In the glare of the world’s media, every survivor sticks to the same unconvincing version of events. Piece-by-piece the narrator examines the evidence and conducts interviews with the survivors, to work out exactly what happened on the island during that year. Slowly, a disturbing picture emerges of feral humans driven by rivalry and sexual tension …a scenario that tests the supposedly dead professor’s theory that by nature people are no different from apes in the wild.

‘Primal is a fascinating examination of what human nature really is.
Terrific stuff, and heads and shoulders above what most people come to expect from a publisher’s ‘horror line’, and as such a fitting addition to a very high quality line of literary, intelligent works of edgy fiction.’ British Fantasy Society Forum

‘If you are looking for something to get you through a day’s sunbathing, this will do the trick.’ News of the World

‘Wow, double wow. Primal is one of the best books I have read this year by far. Robin Baker sucks you into a world where you are ultimately amazed and perplexed by the story that unfolds. Told from many views at times, Primal is neither confusing nor dull, but flows so smoothly as you race through to the end. Fully developed characters and an amazingly complex storyline about human nature are what are in the pages of Primal. This is one book that will blow you away. You will WANT to read this book, I have no doubt.’ Coffee Time Romance and MoreUS

‘Robin Baker is a living legend in evolutionary science, especially for his groundbreaking research on sperm competition in humans… I always considered Baker one of the very best scientific writers. I now consider him one of my favorite fiction novelists. These are wonderful books, captivating. All three novels weave modern evolutionary science into modern-day whodunits.’ Professor Todd K. Shackelford, Chair of Psychology, Oakland University, Michigan


  • Virgin UK & US
  • Mistral/FMB NL
  • Kinneret Israel
  • JC Lattes France
  • Record Brazil
  • Metafora Czech Republic

Material: finished copies (384pp)