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THE END OF EVERYTHING WAS HER BEGINNING

It’s December 2023 and the world as we know it has ended.

The human race has been wiped out by a virus called 6DM (‘Six Days Maximum’ – the longest you’ve got before your body destroys itself).

But somehow, in London, one woman is still alive. A woman who has spent her whole life compromising what she wants, hiding how she feels and desperately trying to fit in. A woman who is entirely unprepared to face a future on her own.

Now, with only an abandoned golden retriever for company, she must travel through burning cities, avoiding rotting corpses and ravenous rats on a final journey to discover if she really is the last surviving person on earth.

And with no one else to live for, who will she become now that she’s completely alone?

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‘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’ Gillian McAllister

‘Sharp, funny, emotional and a refreshingly different take on a post-apocalyptic world’ Lisa Hall

‘A fresh, frank, funny and surprisingly uplifting book about the end of the world’ Elizabeth Kay

Reviews

Brilliant. Creepy, witty, laugh-out-loud and shudder-inducing
Harriet Walker, author of <i>The New Girl</i>
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)
Gillian McAllister
A fresh, frank, funny and surprisingly uplifting book about the end of the world
Elizabeth Kay, author of Seven Lies
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
Lisa Hall
Really fun . . . like a dystopian Bridget Jones' Diary with echoes of Shaun of the Dead
Kate Sawyer
Scary, emotional - and truly a novel for our times!
The Sun
A compelling, engaging, enthralling novel that keeps the reader turning the pages
Lancashire Times
Bethany Clift's Last One at the Party stands out as a bold and humorous take on the [pandemic-based fiction] genre.
Bea Carvalho, Belfast Telegraph
Funny but harrowing, unflinching and uplifting and so cinematic. I really loved it
Jennifer Saint
Very relatable - an incredibly up-to-date feel
SFX 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
On Magazine
This dystopian novel is very funny, super-gory but a testament to the human spirit, which is also oddly life-affirming
Red Magazine
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
Magic FM Book Club
You need to read this one. Darkly witty, but also deeply moving, this is a brilliant debut
Best Magazine
Clift's novel is a riotous, black-humoured tonic to get you through this latest national lockdown
Independent
There are no holds barred in this cracking, remorselessly funny debut
Daily Mail
I inhaled it in two sittings
Stylist
A true pandemic page-turner, with a satisfactorily chilling end . . .
The Irish Times
Last One At The Party is brilliant and creepy, yet surprisingly funny and feminist
Press Association
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
Irish Independent Review
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
Emma Cooper
Tense
Grazia
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.
Culture Fly
Amazing. Unsettling and dark and SO clever. One of the most unnerving books I've ever read
Cressida McLaughlin
If you want something super original and mad and at times, both moving and VERY FUNNY, this is it
Cesca Major
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
Sophie Cousens
Funny and profanity-laden, you could call this "Bridget Jones Does the Apocalypse"
Financial Times
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
Julie Cohen
Reading it will either help your mental health or provide extra nightmare fuel. Maybe both.
The New Zealand Listener
Plenty of style, originality and verve
Irish Sunday Independent