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Rosa Rankin-Gee - Author

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Dreamland

Dreamland

Author: Rosa Rankin-Gee Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/04/2021

Spanning twenty years, beginning four years from now, Rosa Rankin-Gee’s Dreamland is a haunting, visionary dystopian novel. Set against a bleak backdrop of escalating inequality, austerity and climate change in post-Brexit Britain, the novel feels both hyper-real and dream-like, suffused as it is in the ethereal melancholy of an abandoned seaside town and the longings of its inhabitants. Seven-year-old Chance and thirteen-year-old JD were born in London, which “was a fourth world country now. A hotbed. A timebomb waiting to go off. That, and an island for rich Russians.” And so their mother accepts a grant from a right-wing foundation for them to move to Margate at a time when droves of people are moving inland to escape the rapidly rising sea. It’s run-down, boarded-up, and subject to the hazardous consequences of climate change, from the rising sea, to the extreme heatwave that hits during their second summer. There are black-outs too, power outages, riots and looting, and then comes the Localisation Act, which grants greater autonomy to smaller regions, resulting in London isolating itself further from the rest of the country and a mass exodus from hard-hit Margate. The creeping sense of change, deterioration and desperation is palpable as Chance seeks to settle into herself, to make a life in Margate while her mother has a new baby to care for and a violent boyfriend to watch out for. And then Chance meets Francesca (Franky), and both their lives change forever thanks to a love that both sets them spinning and roots them, as the world spins out of control. Beautifully-written (the calm, crystalline language is loaded with longing), and powerfully prescient, this is a unique and captivating cautionary tale of our times.

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Dreamland

Dreamland

Author: Rosa Rankin-Gee Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/04/2021

Chance is born four years from now, in a London close to home - where social divides are deepening, and climate change is playing its hand. Chance, her mother and brother are moved from cramped hotel room to cramped hotel room in emergency accommodation. Until a right-wing foundation funding 're-locations' gives the family a cash grant to move out of London, to the seaside town of Margate. Margate - famous for Turner sunsets and rollercoaster-ish highs and lows - has changed. The down-from-Londoners have moved back to the city, sun-curled For Sale signs litter the streets, hotels are empty. And the sea is higher. It's higher everywhere. As London distances itself from the rest of the country, Chance builds a home in Margate - navigating a turbulent relationship with her mother's new boyfriend Kole, looking after her new baby brother Blue, and breaking into abandoned houses with her best friend Davey. Chance is about to meet a girl who couldn't be more different to her - and she's about to fall in love in a way that will change her world, and her understanding of the world around her, forever. Taking place over the next 20 years, Dreamland is a unique post-Brexit Brit-stopia - a state of the nation novel which paints a recognisable and all-too-believable close future of Britain based on social policies already in play. Set against a backdrop of rising populism, austerity and a creeping mainstreaming of social engineering and eugenics, Dreamland is a story of love, loss, friendship, adventure, and, against all odds, hope.

Last Kings of Sark

Last Kings of Sark

Author: Rosa Rankin-Gee Format: Ebook Release Date: 08/07/2014

"e;My name is Jude. And because of Law, Hey and the Obscure, they thought I was a boy."e;Jude is twenty-one when she flies in a private plane to Sark, a tiny carless Channel Island and the last place in Europe to abolish feudalism. She's been hired for the summer to tutor a rich local boy named Pip. But when Jude arrives, the family is unsettling. Pip is awkward, overly literal, and adamant he doesn't need a tutor, and upstairs, his enigmatic mother Esme casts a shadow over the house.Enter Sofi: the family's holiday cook, a magnetic, mercurial Polish girl with appalling kitchen hygiene, who sings to herself and sleeps naked. When the father of the family goes away on business, Pip's science lessons are replaced by midday rose and scallop-smuggling, and summer begins. Soon something powerful starts to touch the three together.But those strange, golden weeks on Sark can't last forever. Later, in Paris, Normandy and London, they find themselves looking for the moment that changed everything.Compelling, sensual, and lyrical, The Last Kings of Sark by Rosa Rankin-Gee is a tale of complicated love, only children and missed opportunities, from an extraordinary new writer.

The Last Kings of Sark

The Last Kings of Sark

Author: Rosa Rankin-Gee Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/05/2014

'My name is Jude. And because of Law, Hey and the Obscure, they thought I was a boy.' Jude is twenty-one when she flies in a private plane to Sark, a tiny carless Channel Island, the last place in Europe to abolish feudalism. She has been hired for the summer to give tuition to a rich local boy called Pip. But when she arrives, the family is unsettling- Pip is awkward, over-literal, and adamant he doesn't need a tutor, and upstairs, his enigmatic mother Esme casts a shadow over the house. Enter Sofi: the family's holiday cook, a magnetic, mercurial Polish girl with appalling kitchen hygiene, who sings to herself and sleeps naked. When the father of the family goes away on business, Pip's science lessons are replaced by midday rose and scallop-smuggling, and summer begins. Soon something surprising starts to touch the three together. But those strange, golden weeks cannot last forever. Later, in Paris, Normandy and London, they find themselves looking for the moment that changed everything. Compelling, dark and funny, The Last Kings of Sark is tale of complicated love, only children and missed opportunities, from an extraordinary new writer.

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