The End We Start From

Megan Hunter

03 May 2018
144 pages


Now a major film starring Killing Eve's Jodie Comer.

As flood waters close over London, a woman gives birth to a child. Heartfelt and urgently original, The End We Start From is the compulsive debut novel from Megan Hunter.

'Beautifully spare and haunting' - Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven

'Extraordinary. Megan Hunter's prose is exquisite' – Hannah Kent, author of Burial Rites

Days after giving birth, mother and child are forced to leave home in search of safety. The journey north with be dangerous – but new life and fresh hope push them on . . .

A startlingly beautiful story of a family's survival, The End We Start From is a haunting but hopeful dystopian vision of a familiar world made dangerous and unstable.

'Virginia Woolf does cli-fi . . . tremendous' – Independent

'Stunning' – Benedict Cumberbatch

The End We Start From is a beautifully spare, haunting meditation on the persistence of life after catastrophe. I loved it.
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.
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.