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  • Published: 7 May 2019
  • ISBN: 9781784706579
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $22.99

The Growing Season




What if anyone could have a baby? A thought-provoking and unforgettable novel from a rising star.

What if anyone could have a baby? A boldly original and unforgettable novel from a rising star.

Now we have equality. Now we’ve outgrown our biology. With FullLife’s baby pouch, women are liberated and men can share the joy of childbearing. Holly’s whole family knows the benefits, but Eva doesn’t believe society has changed for the better and Piotr has uncovered a secret behind FullLife’s glossy facade. What separates them may just bring them together, as they search for the truth about FullLife and each face a truth of their own.

'A compelling what-if about the female body, technology and power' Guardian

  • Pub date: 7 May 2019
  • ISBN: 9781784706579
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $22.99

About the Author

Helen Sedgwick

Helen Sedgwick was a research scientist working in the field of biophysics before writing her debut novel, The Comet Seekers. She has an MLitt in Creative Writing from Glasgow University and a PhD in Physics from Edinburgh University, and has received a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award. Having grown up in London, she now lives in the Scottish Highlands. The Growing Season is her second novel.

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Praise for The Growing Season

“So enjoyed The Growing Season. . . Galloped my way to the conclusion, despite wishing it would never end. Smart & provocative.”

Carys Bray, Twitter

“The Growing Season poses a compelling what-if about the female body, technology and power”

Sarah Ditum, Guardian

“You know when you read the back of a book and your neck hairs go all tingly? This is one of them. . . an inventive tale that'll leave you contemplating what the future holds.”

Stylist

“Sedgwick describes her off-kilter world brilliantly and she considers the big ideas in her novel from all sides like a true scientist. . . It’s smart and thoughtful writing – a novel to make you consider deeply what family means and what the not-too-distant future might hold.”

Big Issue

“I adored ex-physicist Sedgwick’s dazzling debut literary novel, The Comet Seekers, a critically-acclaimed, super-smart love story that’s anchored in an Antarctic scientific research centre but spans centuries and multiple locations. Her new one is just as brainy and ambitious… Clever stuff”

Kerry Potter, Muddy Stilettos

“This is an intriguing, eye-opening and potentially worrying glimpse into an alternative societal path”

Jane Bradley, Scotland on Sunday

“Sedgwick, a former biophysicist, handles the ethics and possibility of new fertility technology admirably, cementing her reputation as one of the most important new writers around”

Diva

“Part thriller, part dystopian fiction, The Growing Season takes a fascinating "what if" question and really runs with it”

Running in Heels

“An elegant and ingenious narrative, told with skill and sensitivity”

Meg Howrey

“An intriguing, eye-opening and potentially worrying glimpse into an alternative societal path.”

Jane Bradley, The Scotsman


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