A novel about survival in a dystopian future in which an authoritarian government in the UK dominates a landscape now extensively under water. An imprisoned woman tries to escape to join a commune of women in fortified setting in Cumbria. Imaginative, visionary, and complex. The author, Sarah Hall, won the 2006/2007 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for this book.
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The world has changed. War rages in South America and China, and Britain – now entirely dependent on the US for food and energy – is run by an omnipresent dictatorship known simply as The Authority. Assets and weapons have been seized, and women are compulsorily fitted with contraceptive devices. This is Sister’s story of her attempt to escape the repressive regime. From the confines of her Lancaster prison cell she tells of her search for The Carhullan Army, a quasi-mythical commune of ‘unofficial’ women rumoured to be living in a remote part of Cumbria . . .