Kavanagh begins his life patrolling the Wall. If he's lucky, if nothing goes wrong, he only has two years of this, 729 more nights. The best thing that can happen is that he survives and gets off the Wall and never has to spend another day of his life anywhere near it.
He longs for this to be over; longs to be somewhere else. He will soon find out what Defenders do and who the Others are. Along with the rest of his squad, he will endure cold and fear day after day, night after night. But somewhere, in the dark cave of his mind, he thinks: wouldn't it be interesting if something did happen, if they came, if you had to fight for your life?
John Lanchester's thrilling, hypnotic new novel is about why the young are right to hate the old. It's about a broken world you will recognise as your own-and about what might be found when all is lost.
Why we like it:
It's one of those novels that stays with you long after you've read it.
"I woke up in the night and had to check how high above sea-level my house is after reading this. It's a truly disturbing, brilliant book which will provoke all kinds of discussions. I think it would be fantastic for a Book Club." Lucy H, AGR Team
"January is obviously far too early to call a book of the year but, come December 2019, I reckon I'll still be raving about this one." - The Bookseller
"Lanchester’s fictional world is intelligently conceived and dourly impressive." - Sunday Times
"It’s hard to imagine a more vivid expression of the decade’s darkening mood." - Literary Review
"Every secondary school library in the country needs to order a copy." - The Times
AUTHOR: John Lanchester has written four novels, The Debt to Pleasure, Mr Phillips, Fragrant Harbour and Capital, and three works of non-fiction: Family Romance, a memoir; Whoops!: Why everyone owes everyone and no one can pay, about the global financial crisis; and How to Speak Money, a primer in popular economics. His books have won the Hawthornden Prize, the Whitbread First Novel Prize, the E. M. Forster Award, and the Premi Llibreter, been longlisted for the Booker Prize, and been translated into twenty-five languages. He is a contributing editor to the London Review of Books and a regular contributor to the New Yorker.
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