Daughters of the North by Sarah Hall

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In this stunning novel, Sarah Hall imagines a new dystopia set in the not-too-distant future. England is in a state of environmental crisis and economic collapse. There has been a census, and all citizens have been herded into urban centers. Reproduction has become a lottery, with contraceptive coils fitted to every female of childbearing age. A girl who will become known only as "Sister" escapes the confines of her repressive marriage to find an isolated group of women living as "un-officials" in Carhullan, a remote northern farm, where she must find out whether she has it in herself to become a rebel fighter. Provocative and timely, Daughters of the North poses questions about the lengths women will go to resist their oppressors, and under what circumstances might an ordinary person become a terrorist.

Includes an excerpt from Sarah Hall's new book The Beautiful Indifference.


About Sarah Hall

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Sarah Hall was born in 1974 in Cumbria, England. She received a Masters of Letters in Creative Writing from Scotland's St. Andrews University, and has published four novels. Haweswater won the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Overall Winner, Best First Novel), and a Society of Authors Betty Trask Award. The Electric Michelangelo was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Eurasia region), and the Prix Femina Etranger, and was longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction. Daughters Of The North won the 2006/07 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the James Tiptree Jr. Award, and was shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award for science fiction. She currently divides her time between the north of England and America.
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 209 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Set in a darkly eerie future, this story examines how a band of women fight the elusive and powerful Authority that now controls Britain.

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Chronicling a journey of violence, oppression and fleeting liberation, this brutal third novel from the author of The Electric Michelangelo is a timely feminist

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