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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Following its union with the United States and a series of disastrous foreign wars, Britain is in the grip of a severe crisis; the country is now under the control of The Authority.
But up in the far north of Cumbria, Jackie and a group of fellow rebel women have escaped The Authority's repressive regime and formed their own militia. Sister, brought to breaking point by the restrictions imposed on her own life, decides to join them. Though her journey is frightening and dangerous, she believes her struggle will soon be over. But Jackie's single-minded vision for the army means that Sister must decide all over again what freedom is, and whether she is willing to fight for it.