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WHEN THE FLOODS CAME
by Clare Morrall

WHEN THE FLOODS CAME by Clare Morrall

A taut, gripping novel set in the future, when the lives of a family existing on the margins of a dramatically changed society are upset by a mysterious stranger.

In a world prone to violent flooding, Britain, ravaged 20 years earlier by a deadly virus, has been largely cut off from the rest of the world. Survivors are few and far between, most of them infertile. Children, the only hope for the future, are a rare commodity.

For 22-year-old Roza Polanski, life with her family in their isolated tower block is relatively comfortable. She's safe, happy enough. But when a stranger called Aashay Kent arrives, everything changes. At first he's a welcome addition, his magnetism drawing the Polanskis out of their shells, promising an alternative to a lonely existence. But Roza can't shake the feeling that there's more to Aashay than he's letting on.

Is there more to life beyond their isolated bubble?

Is it true that children are being kidnapped?

And what will it cost to find out?

Sceptre (Feb. 2016) - 352 pages

PRAISE FOR AFTER THE BOMBING:

"Oscillating between World War II and the early Sixties, Morrall sets about evoking the war's enduring impact on those who were left behind on the home front, too young to take part yet irrevocably shaped by it nonetheless . . . an engaging story throughout." — Daily Mail

"A potent evocation of the war on the Home Front and its emotional impact on the young people who survived it . . . as much a tale about identity and survival as it is about the impact of national trauma on individuals . . . Her dedication to authenticity has paid off. The novel resonates with the age." — Independent on Sunday

"Clare Morrall is a writer with a gift for unflamboyant but effective storytelling . . . her narrative has a cumulative power." — The Sunday Times

"Unusually emotional and moving . . . You'll fly through it in no time - and love every minute of this deep, engrossing experience." — Essentials

"I was enchanted from the very first page. The author's descriptions of war-torn Exeter are so vivid, I felt I was there." — Good Housekeeping

PRAISE FOR CLARE MORRALL:

"Morrall writes with poise and delicacy." — The Sunday Times

"Morrall is a sure, sharp writer." — Newsday

Clare Morrall, author of the Man Booker Prize-shortlisted Astonishing Splashes of Colour,

creates a startling vision of the future in a world not so very far from our own, and a thrilling story of suspense.