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0670919969
Paperback:The power:2017 Paperback
Author: Alderman, Naomi
Year: 2017
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Published outside the British Isles What if the power to hurt were in women's hands? Suddenly - tomorrow or the day after - teenage girls find that with a flick of their fingers, they can inflict agonising pain and even death. With this single twist, the four lives at the heart of Naomi Alderman's extraordinary, visceral novel are utterly transformed. General adult
340 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
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So clever and a bit unsettling. Forgot I was in a story within a story. The last chapter just seals what a good book this is. Men, watch out...
10/04/20
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1447268970
Paperback:Station eleven:2015 Paperback
Author: Mandel, Emily St. John
Year: 2015
Language: English
Interest category: Science fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Picador
Resource type: Physical
Note: Moving backwards and forwards in time, from the glittering years just before the collapse to the strange and altered world that exists 20 years after, 'Station Eleven' charts the unexpected twists of fate that connect six people: famous actor Arthur Leander; Jeevan - warned about the flu just in time; Arthur's first wife Miranda; Arthur's oldest friend Clark; Kirsten, a young actress with the Travelling Symphony; and the mysterious and self-proclaimed 'prophet'. General adult
333 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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I like the post-apocalypse stories because they usually show us the banality of life and humanity. The premise was interesting. The writing was neat. I like how the writer focuses more on how the survivor wants to live the world rather than how much sacrifice they have to do to stay alive in the first place.
06/12/17
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1784700444
Paperback:The memory police:2020 Paperback
Author: Ogawa, Yõko
Translator: Snyder, Stephen
Year: 2020
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: This translation originally published: London: Harvill Secker, 2019 Hat, ribbon, bird, rose. To the people on the island, a disappeared thing no longer has any meaning. It can be burned in the garden, thrown in the river or handed over to the Memory Police. Soon enough, the island forgets it ever existed. When a young novelist discovers that her editor is in danger of being taken away by the Memory Police, she desperately wants to save him. For some reason, he doesn't forget, and it's becoming increasingly difficult for him to hide his memories. Who knows what will vanish next? The Memory Police is a beautiful, haunting and provocative fable about the power of memory and the trauma of loss from one of Japan's greatest writers. For readers of The Handmaid's Tale, Fahrenheit 451 and Nineteen Eighty-Four. General adult
288 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1784870145
Paperback:Brave new world:2014:New edition Paperback
Author: Huxley, Aldous
Year: 2014
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New edition
Publisher: Vintage Classic
Resource type: Physical
Note: This edition originally published: 2007 The World Controllers have created the ideal society. Genetic science has brought the human race to perfection. From the Alpha-Plus mandarin class to the Epsilon Semi-Morons, man is bred and educated to be content with his pre-destined role. General adult
288 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1786090090
Paperback:Gnomon:2018 Paperback
Author: Harkaway, Nick
Year: 2018
Language: English
Interest category: Science fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Windmill Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: In a near-future Britain, a distributed surveillance-democracy called The System knows everything about you: it can even spy on your mind. Britain has, in effect, become a Panopticon country. But when state investigators then look into the head of a refusenik novelist named Diana Hunter, what they find there is not her life story but that of four other people, spread across thousands of years, all vibrantly real and each utterly impossible. But before they can unravel that puzzle, Diana dies as a result of the investigation - an unheard of occurrence in a perfect system which protects everyone from harm. General adult
688 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0349700303
Paperback:Cygnet:2020 Paperback
Author: Butler, Season
Year: 2020
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Dialogue Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: The Kid doesn't know where her parents are. They left with a promise to come back months ago, and now their 17-year-old daughter is stranded on Swan Island. Swan isn't just any island; it is home to an eccentric old age separatist community who have shunned life on the mainland for a haven which is rapidly sinking into the ocean. The Kids' arrival threatens to burst the idyllic bubble that the elderly residents have so carefully constructed - an unwelcome reminder of the life they left behind, and one they want rid of. General adult
244 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0241349079
Paperback:The Hopkins manuscript:2018 Paperback
Author: Sherriff, R. C.
Year: 2018
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Resource type: Physical
Note: Retired teacher Edgar Hopkins lives for the thrill of winning poultry prizes. But his narrow world is shattered when he learns that the moon is about to come crashing into the Earth, with apocalyptic consequences. The manuscript he leaves behind will be a testament - to his growing humanity and to how one English village tried to survive the end of the world. Written in 1939 as the world was teetering on the brink of global war, R.C. Sherriff's tragicomic novel is a masterly work of science fiction, and a powerful warning from the past. General adult
320 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0241307392
Paperback:Ice:2017 Paperback
Ice
Author: Kavan, Anna
Year: 2017
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Resource type: Physical
Note: The last of Kavan's books to be published in her lifetime, 'Ice' is a dreamy novel set in an imaginary world padded by ice and snow, run by a secret government, invaded by aggressors, and threatened with nuclear destruction. General adult
180 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1474614418
Paperback:The natural way of things:2019 Paperback
Author: Wood, Charlotte
Year: 2019
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Resource type: Physical
Note: Two women awaken from a drugged sleep to find themselves imprisoned in a broken down property in the middle of a desert. Strangers to each other, they have no idea where they are or how they came to be there with eight other girls, their heads shaved, guarded by two inept yet vicious jailers. Doing hard labour under a sweltering sun, the prisoners soon learn what links them: in each girl's past is a sexual scandal with a powerful man. They pray for rescue but as the hours turn into days and the days into weeks and months, it becomes clear the girls must rescue themselves. General adult
323 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Paperback:The waiting rooms:2020 Paperback
Author: Smith, Eve
Year: 2020
Language: English
Interest category: Science fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Orenda Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Decades of spiralling drug resistance have unleashed a global antibiotic crisis. Ordinary infections are untreatable, and a scratch from a pet can kill. A sacrifice is required to keep the majority safe: no one over seventy is allowed new antibiotics. The elderly are sent to hospitals nicknamed 'The Waiting Rooms' - hospitals where no one ever gets well. Twenty years after the crisis takes hold, Kate begins a search for her birth mother, armed only with her name and her age. As Kate unearths disturbing facts about her mother's past, she puts her family in danger and risks losing everything. Because Kate is not the only secret that her mother is hiding. Someone else is looking for her, too. General adult
384 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0552176052
Paperback:The warehouse:2020 Paperback
Author: Hart, Rob, (Fiction writer)
Year: 2020
Language: English
Interest category: Thriller novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Corgi Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Gun violence, climate change and unemployment have ravaged the United States beyond recognition. Amidst the wreckage, an online retail giant named Cloud reigns supreme. Cloud brands itself not just as an online storefront, but as a global saviour. Yet, beneath the sunny exterior, lurks something far more sinister. Paxton never thought he'd be working Security for the company that ruined his life, much less that he'd be moving into one of their sprawling live-work facilities. But compared to what's left outside, perhaps Cloud isn't so bad. Better still, through his work he meets Zinnia, who fills him with hope for their shared future. Except that Zinnia is not what she seems. And Paxton, with his all-access security credentials, might just be her meal ticket. General adult
467 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1846689198
Paperback:1985:2013:[New] edition Paperback
Author: Burgess, Anthony
Year: 2013
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Edition: [New] edition
Publisher: Serpent's Tail
Resource type: Physical
Note: '1985' combines a devastating critique of Orwell's '1984' with a terrifying vision of the future. General adult
xvii, 219 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1509870636
Paperback:The road:2019:[New edition] Paperback
Author: McCarthy, Cormac
Year: 2019
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Edition: [New edition]
Publisher: Picador
Resource type: Physical
Note: Previous edition: New York: Alfred A. Knopf; London: Picador, 2006 A father and his young son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. They have nothing but a pistol to defend themselves against the men that stalk the road. General adult
Title series: Picador classic
xviii, 306 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0141189347
Paperback:Cat's cradle:2008:[New ed.] Paperback
Author: Vonnegut, Kurt
Year: 2008
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Edition: [New ed.]
Publisher: Penguin
Resource type: Physical
Note: Told with deadpan humour and bitter irony, Kurt Vonnegut's cult tale of global destruction preys on our deepest fears of witnessing Armageddon and, worse still, surviving it. General adult
Title series: Modern classics
xiii, 205 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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034901423X
Paperback:Salvation city:2020 Paperback
Author: Nunez, Sigrid
Year: 2020
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Virago
Resource type: Physical
Note: In an America devastated by a flu pandemic, orphaned thirteen-year-old Cole finds safety and stability with an evangelical pastor and his wife. Happiness becomes disquiet as he realises the cost at which this peace comes, and the extent to which it challenges everything he knows. General adult
280 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1509852212
Paperback:American war:2018 Paperback
Author: El Akkad, Omar
Year: 2018
Language: English
Interest category: Science fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Picador
Resource type: Physical
Note: An audacious and powerful debut novel: a second American Civil War, a devastating plague, and one family caught deep in the middle - a story that asks what might happen if America were to turn its most devastating policies and deadly weapons upon itself. General adult
333 pages, maps (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1785035738
Paperback:The end of the world survivors club:2019 Paperback
Author: Walker, Adrian J., (Suspense fiction writer)
Year: 2019
Language: English
Interest category: Science fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Del Rey
Resource type: Physical
Note: In 'The End of the World Running Club' Edgar Hill ran 550 miles after an apocalypse to try and find his family. He had it easy. This is his wife's story. Beth Hill has survived the apocalypse with a baby and toddler in tow. And what's more she's done it alone - without her husband's help. He's never been any help. But when disaster strikes and someone steals her kids, she knows what she has to do. The new world might be very different: no government, no law, no infrastructure and a whole lot more ocean than there used to be. But one thing hasn't changed - the lengths a mother will go to save her family. General adult
454 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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055277183X
Paperback:This other Eden:2003 Paperback
Author: Elton, Ben
Year: 2003
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Black Swan
Resource type: Physical
Note: If the end of the world is nigh, then surely it's only sensible to make alternative arrangements. Certainly, the Earth has its good points, but not Nathan. All he cares is that his movie gets made and that there's somebody left to see it. General adult
394 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0751566721
Paperback:Happiness for humans:2018 Paperback
Author: Reizin, P. Z.
Year: 2018
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Sphere
Resource type: Physical
Note: Jen is sad. Aiden wants her to be happy. Simple? Except that Jen is a 30-something woman whose boyfriend has just left her and Aiden is a very complicated, very expensive piece of software. Aiden has calculated that Jen needs a man in her life for optimum wellbeing. And with the whole of the Internet at his disposal, he doesn't have to look far to find a perfect specimen and engineer a meeting. But what, exactly, makes human beings happy? And can a very-artificially-intelligent machine discover emotional intelligence in time to fix Jen's life? General adult
433 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1471177998
Paperback:The age of miracles:2019 Paperback
Author: Walker, Karen Thompson
Year: 2019
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Scribner UK
Resource type: Physical
Note: It is never what you worry over that comes to pass in the end. The real catastrophes are always unimagined, unprepared for, unknown. What if our 24-hour day grew longer, first in minutes, then in hours, until day became night and night became day? What effect would that slowing have on the world? General adult
400 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1784708690
Paperback:China dream:2019 Paperback
Author: Ma, Jian
Year: 2019
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Translated from the Chinese In seven dream-like episodes, Ma Jian - the banned Chinese writer hailed as 'China's Solzhenitsyn' - charts the psychological disintegration of a government leader in provincial China who is haunted by nightmares of his violent past. A biting dystopian satire, what Ma Jian reveals is a nation blinded by materialism and governed by violence and lies. Blending tragic and absurd reality with myth and fantasy, this is not a portrait of an imagined future, but of China as it is today. General adult
208 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1786892421
Paperback:The book of Joan:2019 Paperback
Author: Yuknavitch, Lidia
Year: 2019
Language: English
Interest category: Science fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Canongate
Resource type: Physical
Note: In the near future, world wars have transformed the earth into a battleground. Fleeing the unending violence and the planet's now-radioactive surface, humans have regrouped to a mysterious platform known as CIEL, hovering over their erstwhile home. The changed world has turned evolution on its head: the surviving humans have become sexless, hairless, pale-white creatures floating in isolation, inscribing stories upon their skin. Out of the ranks of the endless wars rises Jean de Men, a charismatic and bloodthirsty cult leader who turns CIEL into a quasi-corporate police state. A group of rebels unite to dismantle his iron rule - galvanised by the heroic song of Joan, a child-warrior who possesses a mysterious force that lives within her. General adult
266 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0552773565
Paperback:Gridlock:2006 Paperback
Author: Elton, Ben
Year: 2006
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Black Swan
Resource type: Physical
Note: Deborah is a woman with personal transportation problems which she and her strange friend Geoffrey intend to solve. If they manage it, the knock-on effect could just save the cities of the world from driving themselves to their own funerals. General adult
446 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0141189614
Paperback:Anthem:2008:[New] ed. Paperback
Author: Rand, Ayn
Year: 2008
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Edition: [New] ed.
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Penguin
Resource type: Physical
Note: This ed. originally published: New York: Dutton, 1995 Equality 7-2521 is a man apart. Since The Great Rebirth it has been a crime in his world to think or act as an individual. Even love is forbidden. Yet since his childhood, Equality 7-2521 has felt that he is different. When he is sent to work as a road sweeper, he stumbles upon a link to the old world that gives him the spur to break free. General adult
Title series: Modern classics
xxi, 105 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1784757683
Paperback:Golden State:2019 Paperback
Author: Winters, Ben H.
Year: 2019
Language: English
Interest category: Thriller novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Arrow Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Laz Ratesic is a veteran of the State's special police. Those in power rely on Laz to discover the full and final truth. But when a man falls from a roof in suspicious circumstances, it sets in motion a terrifying series of events which will shatter Laz's world forever. Because when those in control of the truth decide to twist it, only those with the power to ask questions can fight back. General adult
321 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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