• Vintage PABC - The Sleeper Awakes by H. G. Wells

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    A troubled insomniac in 1890s England falls suddenly into a sleep-like trance, from which he does not awake for over two hundred years. During his centuries of slumber, however, investments are made that make him the richest and most powerful man on Earth. But when he comes out of his trance he is horrified to discover that the money accumulated in his name is being used to maintain a hierarchal society in which most are poor, and more than a third of all people are enslaved. Oppressed and uneducated, the masses cling desperately to one dream - that the sleeper will awake, and lead them all to freedom. If you want to buy the book from Amazon you can use the following links: The Sleeper Awakes - Paperback https://amzn.to/2RU4AzB The Sleeper Awakes - Kindle https://amzn.to/2C5GSe6

  • Rosewater by Tade Thompson

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    Rosewater is a town on the edge. A community formed around the edges of a mysterious alien biodome, its residents comprise the hopeful, the hungry and the helpless - people eager for a glimpse inside the dome or a taste of its rumoured healing powers. Kaaro is a government agent with a criminal past. He has seen inside the biodome, and doesn't care to again - but when something begins killing off others like himself, Kaaro must defy his masters to search for an answer, facing his dark history and coming to a realisation about a horrifying future. Rosewater is the start of a vibrant and compellingly told trilogy by one of science fiction's most engaging new voices - perfect for fans of N. K. Jemisin's The Fifth Season, Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice and Jeff Vandermeer's Southern Reach trilogy. If you want to buy the book on Amazon, you can use the following links: Rosewater - Paperback https://amzn.to/2Wst7xq Rosewater - Kindle https://amzn.to/2YzIeHl

  • A Very Special Evening with M. R. Carey and Helen Marshall

    This isn't quite a Dark Societies event, but one I am chairing and hosting nonetheless with Waterstones Tottenham Court Road. Waterstones TCR are delighted to present acclaimed comic book writer, novelist and screenwriter M. R. Carey in conversation with debut novelist Helen Marshall. You can book tickets here: https://www.waterstones.com/events/a-very-special-evening-with-m-r-carey-and-helen-marshall/london-tottenham-court-road Helen Marshall is a critically acclaimed author, editor and medievalist, whose short story collections have won major awards in both the UK and Canada. Her debut novel The Migration is the taut and thrilling story of a young woman whose world is upended when her sister is diagnosed with a mysterious illness affecting only the young, which fast becomes an epidemic with terrifying consequences. M.R. Carey's The Girl With All the Gifts became a global phenomenon, selling more than 1 million copies and adapted into a hit film. His latest novel Someone Like Me is another heart-stopping thriller, a modern take on Dr Jekkyl and Mr Hyde that reads like Stephen King meets Gone Girl. Both Helen and Mike will be talking about and signing copies of their books, and will be available to answer questions from the audience! Tickets are just £7, or there are book and ticket options for both Someone Like Me and The Migration at a special discounted price!

  • The Migration by Helen Marshall

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    Creepy and atmospheric, evocative of Stephen King's classic Pet Sematary, The Migration is a story of sisterhood, transformation, and the limitations of love, from a thrilling new voice in Canadian fiction. When I was younger I didn't know a thing about death. I thought it meant stillness, a body gone limp. A marionette with its strings cut. Death was like a long vacation a going away. Storms and flooding are worsening around the world, and a mysterious immune disorder has begun to afflict the young. Sophie Perella is about to begin her senior year of high school in Toronto when her little sister, Kira, is diagnosed. Their parents' marriage falters under the strain, and Sophie's mother takes the girls to Oxford, England, to live with their Aunt Irene. An Oxford University professor and historical epidemiologist obsessed with relics of the Black Death, Irene works with a centre that specializes in treating people with the illness. She is a friend to Sophie, and offers a window into a strange and ancient history of human plague and recovery. Sophie just wants to understand what s happening now; but as mortality rates climb, and reports emerge of bodily tremors in the deceased, it becomes clear there is nothing normal about this condition and that the dead aren't staying dead. When Kira succumbs, Sophie faces an unimaginable choice: let go of the sister she knows, or take action to embrace something terrifying and new. Tender and chilling, unsettling and hopeful, The Migration is a story of a young woman s dawning awareness of mortality and the power of the human heart to thrive in cataclysmic circumstances. If you want to buy the book from Amazon, you can use the following links: The Migration - Paperback https://amzn.to/2AUOgID

  • Vintage PABC - Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban

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    In the far distant future, the country laid waste by nuclear holocaust, twelve-year-old Riddley Walker tells his story in a language as fractured as the world in which he lives. As Riddley steps outside the confines of his small world, he finds himself caught up in intrigue and a frantic quest for power, desperately trying to make sense of things. 'Walker is my name and I am the same. Riddley Walker. Walking my riddels where ever theyve took me and walking them now on this paper the same. There aint that many sir prizes in life if you take noatis of every thing. Every time will have its happenings out and every place the same. Thats why I finely come to writing all this down. Thinking on what the idear of us myt be. Thinking on that thing whats in us lorn and loan and oansome.' Composed in an English which has never been spoken and laced with a storytelling tradition that predates the written word, RIDDLEY WALKER is the world waiting for us at the bitter end of the nuclear road. It is desolate, dangerous and harrowing, and a modern masterpiece. If you want to buy the book on Amazon you can use the following links: Riddley Walker - Paperback https://amzn.to/2zWBx7u Riddley Walker - Kindle https://amzn.to/2zUpqru

  • Sweet Fruit, Sour Land by Rebecca Ley

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    When a wealthy client visits Mathilde's dressmaking shop, she finds herself drawn into the only surviving circle of luxury left in a barren London. Attending parties offers a welcome escape from life governed by ration cards and a strictly enforced child policy. Here she meets enigmatic government minister, George, and piano-playing Jaminder, with whom an intense friendship blossoms. As their relationship grows stronger, George's grip on Mathilde tightens, as she tries to discover where the illicit food is coming from, where women disappear to, and what price she must pay to avoid bringing a child into a cruel, ever-changing world. If you want to buy the book from Amazon, you can use the following links: Sweet Fruit, Sour Land - Paperback https://amzn.to/2HbNM6o Sweet Fruit, Sour Land - Kindle https://amzn.to/2TLRo09

  • Women Writing Dystopia


    Came across this little event at Waterstones Covent Garden which looks good. Please register for a ticket using the following link. Please note that the tickets are free but you need to register your place. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/women-writing-dystopia-with-hanna-jameson-megan-hunter-and-sophie-mackintosh-in-covent-garden-tickets-55518884478?aff=ebdssbdestsearch Waterstones Covent Garden invites you to a fascinating and inspiring discussion about women writing dystopia with three extraordinary writers. Join Hanna Jameson, Megan Hunter and Sophie Mackintosh as they explore the way women writer's have subverted and creatively commanded this genre past, present and future. Hanna Jameson wrote her first book at the age of seventeen. Paul Rees of Q Magazine described her as writing like 'an angel on speed'. She has worked for the NHS and travelled the USA, Japan and Europe, developing a particular interest in the US, which led to her studying for a BA in American History. The Last has been tipped as 'One to Watch in 2019' by The Observer andStylist, you won't be able to put this thriller by a brilliant new literary talent down. Megan Hunter was born in Manchester in 1984, and now lives in Cambridge with her young family. She has a BA in English Literature from Sussex University, and an MPhil in English Literature: Criticism and Culture from Jesus College, Cambridge. Her poetry has been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize, alongside her dystopian novel, The End We Start From. Sophie Mackintosh is the author of The Water Cure, which was was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018. She also won the 2016 White Review Short Story Prize and the 2016 Virago/Stylist Short Story competition, and has been published in Granta and TANK magazine among others.

  • Tentacle by Rita Indiana

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    Plucked from her life on the streets of post-apocalyptic Santo Domingo, young maid Acilde Figueroa finds herself at the heart of a voodoo prophecy: only she can travel back in time and save the ocean - and humanity - from disaster. But first she must become the man she always was - with the help of a sacred anemone.Tentacle is an electric novel with a big appetite and a brave vision, plunging headfirst into questions of climate change, technology, Yoruba ritual, queer politics, poverty, sex, colonialism and contemporary art. Bursting with punk energy and lyricism, it's a restless, addictive trip: The Tempest meets the telenovela. If you want to buy the book on Amazon, you can use the following links: Tentacle by Rita Indiana - Paperback https://amzn.to/2UsKpL1 Tentacle by Rita India - Kindle https://amzn.to/2SxaqXt

  • Vintage PABC - Divided Kingdom by Rupert Thomson

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    It is winter, somewhere in the United Kingdom, and an eight-year-old boy is removed from his home and family in the middle of the night. He learns that he is the victim of an extraordinary experiment. In an attempt to reform society, the government has divided the population into four groups, each representing a different personality type. The land, too, has been divided into quarters. Borders have been established, reinforced by concrete walls, armed guards and rolls of razor wire. Plunged headlong into this brave new world, the boy tries to make the best of things, unaware that ahead of him lies a truly explosive moment, a revelation that will challenge everything he believes in and will, in the end, put his very life in jeopardy ... If you want to buy the book from Amazon you can use the following links: Divided Kingdom - Paperback https://amzn.to/2SLUwZH Divided Kingdom - Kindle https://amzn.to/2C72ln4

  • The Fireman - Joe Hill

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    Nobody knew where the virus came from. FOX News said it had been set loose by ISIS, using spores that had been invented by the Russians in the 1980s. MSNBC said sources indicated it might've been created by engineers at Halliburton and stolen by culty Christian types fixated on the Book of Revelation. CNN reported both sides. And while every TV station debated the cause, the world burnt. Pregnant school nurse, HARPER GRAYSON, has seen lots of people burn on TV, but the first person she saw burn for real was in the playground behind her school. But when she realises she has become infected, she is determined to find a way to survive - at least long enough to see her child born. No matter what is left of the world for them to live in. With the epic scope of THE PASSAGE and the emotional impact of THE ROAD, this is one woman's story of survival at the end of the world. If you want to buy the books from Amazon, you can use the following links: The Fireman by Joe Hill - Paperback https://amzn.to/2Ppcvmt The Fireman by Joe Hill - Kindle https://amzn.to/2L0mDkU