The End We Start From

3.55 based on 417 ratings & 132 reviews on Goodreads.com
Picador

Publication date: 18.05.2017
ISBN: 9781509839117
Number of pages: 0

Synopsis

With film rights sold to Benedict Cumberbatch's production company, SunnyMarch, The End We Start From is a powerful vision of the future that is utterly unforgettable.

'I was moved, terrified, uplifted – sometimes all three at once' Tracy Chevalier

In the midst of a mysterious environmental crisis, as London is submerged below flood waters, a woman gives birth to her first child, Z. Days later, the family are forced to leave their home in search of safety. As they move from place to place, shelter to shelter, their journey traces both fear and wonder as Z's small fists grasp at the things he sees, as he grows and stretches, thriving and content against all the odds.

This is a story of new motherhood in a terrifying setting: a familiar world made dangerous and unstable, its people forced to become refugees. Startlingly beautiful, Megan Hunter's The End We Start From is a gripping novel that paints an imagined future as realistic as it is frightening. And yet, though the country is falling apart around them, this family’s world – of new life and new hope – sings with love.

In the media

I can’t remember ever having read a novel quite as sparing or as daring as Megan Hunter’s The End We Start From, or one that delivers so mighty an impact from such delicate materials.  It is a moving, wistful and compelling debut.
 
Jim Crace, author of Harvest
The End We Start From is strange and powerful, and very apt for these uncertain times. I was moved, terrified, uplifted – sometimes all three at once. It takes skill to manage that, and Hunter has a poet’s understanding of how to make each word count.
Tracy Chevalier, author of Girl With a Pearl Earring
The End We Start From is an effective, unusual and ambitious debut, which keeps the reader pinned to the page
Guardian