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by James Bradley

Sci-Fi and Fantasy

Clade Synopsis

From the author of bestselling Richard and Judy Book Club pick, The Resurrectionist, and one of The Guardian's top eco-fictions, comes a provocative, urgent novel about time, family and how a changing planet might transform our lives.

On a beach in Antarctica, scientist Adam Leith marks the passage of the summer solstice. Back in Sydney his partner Ellie waits for the results of her latest round of IVF treatment.

That result, when it comes, will change both their lives and propel them into a future neither could have predicted. In a collapsing England, Adam will battle to survive an apocalyptic storm. Against a backdrop of growing civil unrest at home, Ellie will discover a strange affinity with beekeeping. In the aftermath of a pandemic, a young man finds solace in building virtual recreations of the dead. And new connections will be formed from the most unlikely beginnings.

Clade Press Reviews

Moving and nuanced characterizations distinguish this subtle look at an Earth suffering the consequences of climate collapse.

--Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Bleak and hopeful in equal measure, Clade is a striking paradox of a book--a soothing tale of the coming apocalypse.


Bradley moves quickly through the lives of his protagonists, sketching their stories during key moments in the unfolding narrative. But the real story here is the all-too-realistic vision of an ecosystem in the throes of collapse, portrayed in stunning, sobering detail.


a stunningly beautiful novel, characterized as much by lyricism as pointed critique of how humans are stewarding the planet.

--Chicago Review of Books

Novels like Clade provide the lens we need to see our way forward.


entertaining, insightful, and all around a great book

--Gamers Sphere

makes the devastation of global warming intensely personal

Book Riot

Barnes & Noble SFF blog:

haunting, strangely optimistic

Bradley's ability to find poetry amid brutal circumstances, his focus on the undeniably human problems of his cast, and a hopeful message of survival make Clade a melancholic celebration of humanity, not an elegy

Bradley's novel is absorbing and depressing, as it is thoughtful and fascinating

Clade is possibly the most beautiful, optimistic end of the world novel ever written...equal parts beautiful, melancholy, and a little bit hopeful.

a cli-fi masterpiece


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ISBN: 9781785654145
Publication date: 05/09/2017
Publisher: Titan Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781785654145
Publication date: 5th September 2017
Author: James Bradley
Publisher: Titan Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 320 pages
Genres: Sci-Fi and Fantasy,
Collections: 60+ Novels to Bring You Back to Nature,
Categories: Science fiction,

About James Bradley

James Bradley is the author of three novels - Wrack, The Deep Field  and The Resurrectionist, and a book of poetry, Paper Nautilus. His books have won or been shortlisted for a number of major Australian and international literary awards, and he has twice been named as one of the Sydney Morning Herald's Best Young Australian Novelists. He lives in Sydney.

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