The End We Start From (Hardback)
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The End We Start From (Hardback)

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Hardback 140 Pages
Published: 18/05/2017

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I am thirty-two weeks pregnant when they announce it: the water is rising faster than they thought. It is creeping faster. A calculation error. A badly plotted movie, sensors out to sea.

In the midst of a mysterious environmental crisis, as London is submerged below flood waters, a woman gives birth to her first child, Z.

Days later, the family are forced to leave their home in search of safety. As they move from place to place, shelter to shelter, their journey traces both fear and wonder as Z's small fists grasp at the things he sees, as he grows and stretches, thriving and content against all the odds.

This is a story of new motherhood in a terrifying setting: a familiar world made dangerous and unstable, its people forced to become refugees. Startlingly beautiful, Megan Hunter's The End We Start From is a gripping novel that paints an imagined future as realistic as it is frightening.

And yet, though the country is falling apart around them, this family's world - of new life and new hope - sings with love.

Waterstones booksellers have been reporting great things about this unsettling debut novella. A masterclass in short fiction at its finest, Megan Hunter’s debut stands head and shoulders above other dystopias. It is poetic, personal and achingly, frighteningly believable.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781509839100
Number of pages: 140
Weight: 231 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 14 mm

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“Dream of new life, new hope...”

Set in an imagined future, this novel paints a very realistic and quite a frightening picture of what our lives would be like and how we would survive.

The novel is a poetic account of motherhood and love in... More

Hardback edition
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“Powerful and timely novella”

Novellas still seem rare but are often intriguing. There is much in the 170 pages of The End We Start From that could have been fleshed out and given more detail but I'm not sure the end result would have been as... More

Hardback edition
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Emily at Lancaster King Street

“Beautiful inside and out”

I know I shouldn't judge a book by its cover but when it's this stunning it's hard not to. And Kazuko Nomoto's gorgeous illustration is matched by author Megan Hunter's sparse prose. Her... More

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