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The Stranding

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781529340693

Price: £14.99

ON SALE: 24th June 2021

Genre: Fiction & Related Items

‘GORGEOUS and original and captivating’ – Marian Keyes, international bestselling author of Grown Ups

‘A breathtaking book about relationships, love and human resilience’ Lex Croucher, author of Reputation

‘Sensitive, gripping, thought-provoking and edifying, THE STRANDING is a book of our times, and reminds us that no life lives forever; how precious our moments are’ – Laura Carlin, author of Requiem for a Knave


HER WORLD FELL TO PIECES.

FROM THE BONES SHE BUILT A NEW LIFE.

Ruth lives in the heart of the city. Working, drinking, falling in love: the rhythm of her vivid and complicated life is set against a background hum of darkening news reports from which she deliberately turns away.

When a new romance becomes claustrophobic, Ruth chooses to leave behind the failing relationship, but also her beloved friends and family, and travels to the other side of the world in pursuit of her dream life working with whales in New Zealand.

But when Ruth arrives, the news cycle she has been ignoring for so long is now the new reality. Far from home and with no real hope of survival, she finds herself climbing into the mouth of a beached whale alongside a stranger. When she emerges, it is to a landscape that bears no relation to the world they knew before.

When all has been razed to the ground, what does it mean to build a life?

The Stranding is a story about the hope that can remain even when the world is changed beyond recognition.

Reviews

Brilliant and original, THE STRANDING illuminates the beauty and fragility of humanity with a story so immersive and tender; I was surprised to find myself still in familiar surroundings when I surfaced from it. Kate Sawyer masterfully weaves a gripping narrative between a world disappeared and a world that must begin anew in this ultimately hopeful tale of love, loss and survival in the face of overwhelming odds. With characters you'll be thinking about long after the end, THE STRANDING is an absolute must read! Get one for yourself and one for a friend
Buki Papillon, author of An Ordinary Wonder
The Stranding is the perfect book, both intellectually stimulating and a page-turner. Kate Sawyer's writing awakened all of my senses, transported me into other worlds. I could not put it down
Olia Hercules, author of Summer Kitchens
What a fabulous piece of storytelling. So original and compelling and Kate Sawyer writes like a dream
Julie Owen Moylan, author
The Stranding is a breathtaking book about relationships, love and human resilience at the end of the world; it's beautifully written and I know I'll be thinking about it for a very long time!
Lex Croucher, author of Reputation
Powerful, atmospheric and utterly transfixing
Jennifer Saint, author of Ariadne
An extremely powerful, bold but unassuming book about connection, the planet, sexuality and family
Alice Ash, author of Paradise Block
Sensitive, gripping, thought-provoking and edifying, THE STRANDING is a book of our times, and reminds us that no life lives forever; how precious our moments are
Laura Carlin, author of The Wicked Cometh and Requiem for a Knave
A beautiful, heart-wrenching, moving novel. The depth of love, passion and authentic feeling amongst the backdrop of a bleak post-apocalyptic world is quite extraordinary
Susannah Wise, author of This Fragile Earth
The Stranding is an original, compelling and brilliantly written story. I loved the dual timelines of 'before' and 'after' and could not put it down. It's a thought-provoking and timely read, about hope, survival and the human spirit
Aliya Ali-Afzal, author of Would I Lie To You
A truly unique and gripping read
Marianne Cronin, author The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot
It is extraordinary, and quietly revolutionary, for a novel centred around the end of the world to feel so affirming, so luminous, so hopeful. In both the Before and After times, Ruth's seeking of what it is that matters is moving, complex, and vividly drawn. I've not stopped thinking about The Stranding since I put it down
Kate Young, author of The Little Library Cookbook
Kate Sawyer has created a dystopia so unerringly familiar that it can make you laugh and shiver simultaneously. Sensual and hopeful, this is a pacey and surprisingly relatable read
Gemma Reeves, author of Victoria Park
Post-apocalyptic fiction that's beautiful, moving and strangely uplifting
Frances Quinn, author of The Smallest Man
Haunting and hopeful. Eerie and evocative
Jacqueline Bublitz, author of Before You Knew My Name
A tender, affirming, luminous debut
Melinda Salisbury, author of Hold Back the Tide
It's GORGEOUS and original and captivating . . . Beautiful writing and characters I cared for as if they were my own family
Marian Keyes, international bestselling author of Grown Ups