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The Ship by Antonia Honeywell
  

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A horrifying look at our future! The environmentalists were right, the seas rose and floods wiped out many areas, everything wild died out, the land and sea were polluted, pets were eaten, society broke down. Michael developed a programme intending law and order to be re-established. It was not used that way. He plans an escape, gets hold of a large ship, chooses his ‘passengers’ and sets sail … The new regime? The cult of Michael? Well, there is one who obviously doesn’t see it that way, Michael’s daughter. This book divides into two, life before the ship and life on it. It is a well imagined, sad, dystopian world, highly recommended.

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Synopsis

The Ship by Antonia Honeywell

WELCOME TO LONDON BUT NOT AS YOU KNOW IT Oxford Street burned for three weeks. The British Museum is occupied by ragtag survivors. The Regent's Park camps have been bombed. The Nazareth Act has come into force. If you can't produce your identity card, you don't exist. Lalla, sixteen, has grown up sheltered from the new reality by her visionary father, Michael Paul. But now the chaos has reached their doorstep. Michael has promised to save them. His escape route is a ship big enough to save five hundred people. But only the worthy will be chosen. Once on board, as day follows identical day, Lalla's unease grows. Where are they going? What does her father really want? WHAT IS THE PRICE OF SALVATION?

Reviews

'A beautiful futuristic fable with huge power to haunt and disturb' -- M. R. Carey, author of The Girl with All the Gifts

'The Ship is tense, engaging and emotionally charged: I devoured this novel' -- Helen Dunmore

'An outstanding read from a strikingly original new talent. The Ship takes us on a luxury voyage into the future with a chosen elite - but the passengers don't know where they're going, and there's a dissenter on board. A brilliant, disturbing book that makes you question everything about the way we live now.' -- Maggie Gee

'It's haunted me since I finished it.' RICHARD EYRE

'A hugely gripping depiction of a future world, The Ship is all the more chilling for its sense of authenticity. Honeywell has written a story that will make you question the value we place on love and freedom and what we'd be willing to sacrifice for those precious commodities ourselves. I couldn't put it down' Kerry Hudson, author of Thirst

About the Author

Antonia Honeywell studied English at Manchester University and worked at the Natural History and Victoria and Albert Museums in London, running creative writing workshops and education programmes for children, before training as a teacher. During her ten years teaching English, drama and film studies, she wrote a musical, and a play which was performed at the Edinburgh Festival. Antonia was one of the stars of Curtis Brown's inaugural creative writing course. She has four young children and lives in Buckinghamshire. THE SHIP is her first novel. www.antoniahoneywell.com @antonia_writes

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Book Info

Publication date

1st February 2015

Author

Antonia Honeywell

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Publisher

Weidenfeld & Nicolson an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Hardback
320 pages

Categories

Science Fiction
Thriller / Suspense
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780297871491

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