Witty, immediate, vital, prescient - this is the work of a man who drank deep of the finest spirit of his age. Sir Thomas More's entertaining description of Utopia, an island supporting a perfectly organised and happy people, was a best seller when it first appeared in Latin in 1516. This work of a Catholic martyr has later been seen as the source of Anabaptism, Mormonism, and even Communism. Utopia revolutionised Plato's classical blueprint of the perfect republic, mainly by its realism. Locating his island in the (then) New World, More endowed it with a language and poetry, and detailed the length of the working day and even the divorce laws. Such precision gives a disturbing and exciting impact to Utopia, which still remains a book of the future.