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Last One at the Party

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Selected: Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781529332124

Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781529332124

Price: £12.99

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meets I Am Legend in this extraordinary novel of one woman’s survival in the face of the end of the world . . .

December 2023. The human race has fought a deadly virus and lost. The only things left from the world before are burning cities and rotting corpses.

But in London, one woman is still alive.

Although she may be completely unprepared for her new existence, as someone who has spent her life trying to fit in, being alone is surprisingly liberating.

Determined to discover if she really is the last survivor on earth, she sets off on an extraordinary adventure, with only an abandoned golden retriever named Lucky for company.

Maybe she’ll find a better life or maybe she’ll die along the way. But whatever happens, the end of everything will be her new beginning.


‘A riotous, black-humoured tonic’ Independent
‘A masterpiece of modern fiction’ Sophie Cousens
‘Fresh, frank, funny’ Elizabeth Kay
‘Brilliant. Creepy, witty, laugh-out-loud and shudder-inducing’ Harriet Walker
‘Harrowing, unflinching and uplifting’ Jennifer Saint
‘Original, brutal, funny and hugely addictive!’ Emma Cooper


A 5 star read!

‘ I LOVED this book. I scurried through it in one sitting, couldn’t stop reading it f
or the life of me. Then at the end I cried because it was over’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
It reads like a dream . . . with every single word perfectly plotted to create a story like no other. Sometimes I laughed, sometimes I cried, but I always related and I never wanted it to end’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘From the very first page of this book I knew it was going to be a winner . . . This is a story of strength, determination and self discovery’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘If I could have made a list of all the things that I’d want an apocalypse novel to include, this book would check off every single box’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Terrifying, appalling, gory, explicit, laugh out loud funny and practically every other known emotion. This book has it all’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Harriet Walker, author of <i>The New Girl</i>
Brilliant. Creepy, witty, laugh-out-loud and shudder-inducing
Gillian McAllister
I adored this book . . . It's about who you are with nobody to witness you, what it means to be human, and how to live (the answer is getting plastered in Harrod's, something we can all relate to)
Elizabeth Kay, author of Seven Lies
A fresh, frank, funny and surprisingly uplifting book about the end of the world
Lisa Hall
Finished this last night and haven't stopped thinking about it since! Possibly my fave read of 2020 - sharp, funny, emotional and a refreshingly different take on a post-apocalyptic world
Kate Sawyer
Really fun . . . like a dystopian Bridget Jones' Diary with echoes of Shaun of the Dead
The Sun
Scary, emotional - and truly a novel for our times!
Lancashire Times
A compelling, engaging, enthralling novel that keeps the reader turning the pages
Bea Carvalho, Belfast Telegraph
Bethany Clift's Last One at the Party stands out as a bold and humorous take on the [pandemic-based fiction] genre.
Jennifer Saint
Funny but harrowing, unflinching and uplifting and so cinematic. I really loved it
SFX Magazine
Very relatable - an incredibly up-to-date feel
On Magazine
Fast-paced, tragic, wholesome and laugh-out-loud funny, Clift's debut has left me grateful for the little things, excited for what else she has to offer - and making plans for my apocalypse bunker
Red Magazine
This dystopian novel is very funny, super-gory but a testament to the human spirit, which is also oddly life-affirming
Magic FM Book Club
This post-apocalyptic rollercoaster ride is full of belly-aching humour and the touching tale of a woman faced with the end of the world
Best Magazine
You need to read this one. Darkly witty, but also deeply moving, this is a brilliant debut
Clift's novel is a riotous, black-humoured tonic to get you through this latest national lockdown
Daily Mail
There are no holds barred in this cracking, remorselessly funny debut
I inhaled it in two sittings
The Irish Times
A true pandemic page-turner, with a satisfactorily chilling end . . .
Press Association
Last One At The Party is brilliant and creepy, yet surprisingly funny and feminist
Irish Independent Review
Thoroughly enjoyable and warmly recommended. Think of it as a literary version of 28 Days Later: terrifying, convincingly constructed, heart-pounding at times, often blackly funny
Emma Cooper
A phenomenal book!!!! I've just finished it and am blown away . . . original, brutal, funny and hugely addictive! I just know I'm not going to be able to stop thinking about it for a long time
Culture Fly
Clift has written a story that feels uniquely personal to its female protagonist. For all her lows, there are genuine highs, and for all her fears, there are wonders to counterbalance the desolation of her situation.
Cressida McLaughlin
Amazing. Unsettling and dark and SO clever. One of the most unnerving books I've ever read
Cesca Major
If you want something super original and mad and at times, both moving and VERY FUNNY, this is it
Sophie Cousens
I haven't been so consumed by a book for a long time. This is a masterpiece of modern fiction, which I have raced through it in a few days. It has consumed my thoughts and will stay with me for a long time
Financial Times
Funny and profanity-laden, you could call this "Bridget Jones Does the Apocalypse"
Julie Cohen
I obsessively read Last One at the Party - a novel about a horrifying pandemic which ends up being about female resourcefulness and the power of love
Allie Reynolds
Unforgettable and original and so many other things. Touching and poignant, crude and strangely voyeuristic, timely and deeply relatable. It had the power to make me reflect about so many things. Loved it. Five stars for sheer originality
Jenny Colgan
Intense and fun and gruelling, I just couldn't put this novel down
Daily Mail
Clift's gripping dystopia is terrifying but edged with anarchic humour
The New Zealand Listener
Reading it will either help your mental health or provide extra nightmare fuel. Maybe both.
Irish Sunday Independent
Plenty of style, originality and verve
The novel expertly walks the line between profane and thoughtful, and is as much about the why of surviving as it is about the how
A true pandemic page-turner, with a satisfactorily chilling end
Daily Mail
A joyful, gutwrenching car crash of remorse, pluck, gross indulgence and shopping
Beth Morrey
So dark. So funny. So mad . . . A truly epic, apoca-f*cking-lyptic read