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  • Published: 27 October 2021
  • ISBN: 9781405923705
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 480
  • RRP: $19.99

Afterland

A gripping new feminist thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author




The compulsive and timely new thriller from the author of the Richard and Judy bestseller The Shining Girls and the prize-winning Zoo City about a woman fighting to save her son.

All Cole has left in the world is her boy, Miles.

With men now a prized commodity, keeping him safe means breaking hastily written new rules - and leaving her own sister for dead.

All Miles has left in the world is his mother.

But is one person enough to save him from the many who would kill to get their hands on a living boy?

Together, Cole and Miles embark on a journey across a changed, hostile country, towards a freedom they may never reach. And when Cole's sister tracks them down, they'll need to decide who to trust - and what loyalty really means in this unimaginable new world.

  • Published: 27 October 2021
  • ISBN: 9781405923705
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 480
  • RRP: $19.99

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Praise for Afterland

Bowstring-taut, visceral, and incredibly timely: Beukes's plague-tale is a parable about the glory and terror of Americanism in times of calamity

Cory Doctorow, author of <i>Walkaway</i> and <i>Little Brother</i>

Lauren Beukes is a writer with a startling imagination, and a masterful ability to rewrite the rules of whatever genre she turns to; and now, right on time, she has turned to dystopian plague

Ben Winters, author of <i>Underground Airlines</i> and <i>Golden State</i>

Five years in writing, this intelligent speculative novel about a pandemic feels alarmingly close to home

Metro

You can't imagine how quickly the world can change in six months - there probably isn't a more resonant sentence to be found in any other novel published this year. A fast-moving thriller [that] splices gut-punching action sequences and feminist gender politics with an impressively light touch. Bubbles with big ideas. This intelligent speculative novel about a pandemic feels alarmingly close to home

Metro

A smartly written thriller that opens with a satisfying bang . . . splendid

Stephen King, New York Times

Afterland is that rare creature, a ripping tale that neither shies away from big questions nor interesting answers

New Scientist

Teases out the deep familial currents that run through its relationships, explores gender and reminds us that dystopian fiction can be seriously grown-up entertainment

SFX

Afterland could not be more timely or terrifying . . . An excellent example of the prophetic nature of speculative fiction. Lauren Beukes is one of the most innovative and provocative writers on the contemporary scene

Scotland on Sunday

Powerful and intelligent, with some unexpectedly trenchant humour, this welcome addition to the no-longer-so-speculative pandemic subgenre has plenty to say about grief, love, family ties and gender roles

Guardian

(A) timely thriller

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Perfect lockdown reading

Herald

Praise for Lauren Beukes

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Unreservedly recommended

Joe Hill

Brilliant ... engrossing ... I will be looking forward to whatever Lauren Beukes does next. She's a major, major talent

George RR Martin, internationally bestselling author of, A Song of Ice and Fire

Scary as hell and hypnotic. I couldn't put it down

Stephen King

I'm all over it

Gillian Flynn, number one bestselling author of, Gone Girl

Utterly original, beautifully written, and I must say, it creeped the holy bejasus out of me. This is something special

Tana French

Masterful. Lauren Beukes is very *very* good

William Gibson

A new kind of thriller. A dark, relentless, time-twisting, page-turning. It shines

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