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A lone gunman takes the women and doctors at a controversial abortion clinic hostage. Nobody has ended up there by choice.
As the tense negotiation for their release unfolds, hour by crucial hour, back in time through the day that brought the hostages and their captor to this moment, every certainty is questioned, every judgement thrown into sharp relief.
Because matters of life and death look very different when you, or the ones you love, are staring down the barrel of a gun . . .
Powerful, thought-provoking and deeply involving, Jodi Picoult's new novel is told in reverse, propelling the reader through intertwining characters and uncovering motives in this unflinching exploration of what makes a life.
Closing date: 04/10/2020
Tackles a divisive issue with incredible sensitivity - Woman Magazine
More seat-edge drama from the doyenne of hot-topic lit - Mail on Sunday
Picoult creates a gripping novel that explores the tough decisions people face very day - Happiful
The queen of issue-based fiction - Best Magazine
A matchless talent for hitting emotional notes - Irish Times
Meticulously researched... The reverse narrative works exceptionally well - Irish Sunday Independent
A truly powerful, thought-provoking - and timely - read - Image Magazine
The tense novel tackles two of the biggest issues facing America today: abortion and gun control and unravels what bought these people to this point - Evening Standard
A thought-provoking read that explores the intertwined fates of a group of very human characters - Woman's Weekly
She has delivered a tough yet compassionate read that is guaranteed to spark debate - Irish Independent
A timely, powerful and emotive novel - Sunday Mirror
A second after I read the last page I turned back to the start and read the whole thing again... I loved everything about it: the structure, the characters, the prose... all wonderful. -- Clare Mackintosh The incredible thing about this book is the level of research. She interviewed 151 women who'd had an abortion -- Pandora Sykes, The High Low Podcast A book that will no doubt inspire debate. Jodi has done a marvellous job of writing a novel fraught with tension and difficult situations. Her writing shows that she has done an incredible amount of research... It is a hard hitting novel and difficult topics have been handed incredibly well. - Books and Lovely Things
A special, important and powerful read. Jodi Picoult doesn't play safe - she examines, and pokes and brutally honestly tells us how it really is, and she always stays professional. - On My Bookshelf
Full of topical issues, this is a great book club read - Prima
Jodi Picoult's novels are always thought-provoking and her new one, A Spark of Light, addresses abortion rights. - Good Housekeeping
Picoult's novels are meticulously researched and she never shies away from controversial material. Told in reverse chronological order, each character's story draws the reader in - Women and Home
Like a modern Mrs Gaskell or a contemporary such as John Grisham, her intelligent, meticulously researched novels explore ethical dilemmas through heartrending, headline-grabbing scenarios - The Sunday Times
...this emotionally charged and thought-provoking drama cements Picoult's status as one of the most fearless novelists writing today. A Spark of Light is not only topical, unflinching and utterly compelling, it's also an important read. - Heat
With an intricate backward-weaving structure, a host of compelling voices and her captivating tone, this is a very special novel about a very difficult subject - Grazia
Expertly written... This topical novel presents both sides of the ever-present abortion debate in the form of a harrowing, thought-provoking story that will stay with you long after you've turned the last page - The Book Bag
Incredibly compelling and page turning -- Dolly Alderton It is hard to exaggerate how well Picoult writes - Financial Times
An urgent, shocking and human story. -- Daisy Buchanan An apposite and nuanced novel... Picoult writes about an emotive, controversial issue with unflinching precision - Red
A writer the world needs to be reading right now - The Independent
Publication date: 22/08/2019
Publisher: Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton
|Publication date:||22nd August 2019|
|Publisher:||Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton|
|Genres:||Modern and Contemporary Fiction,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Fiction & related items,|
Jodi Picoult was our Guest Editor in January 2014 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing. Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty-one internationally bestselling novels, including My Sister's Keeper, House Rules and The Storyteller, and has also co-written two YA books with her daughter Samantha van Leer, Between the Lines and Off the Page. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. Author Photograph © Deborah FeingoldMore About Jodi Picoult