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Summary

Last Ones Left Alive is the enthralling debut novel from Sarah Davis-Goff, sure to grip listeners of dystopian literary fiction such as Station 11 or The End We Start From.  

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Raised by her mother and Maeve on Slanbeg, an island off the west coast of Ireland, Orpen has a childhood of love, rockpools and stories by the fireside. But the stories grow darker, and the training begins. Ireland has been devoured by a ravening menace known as the skrake, and though Slanbeg is safe for now, the women must always be ready to run, or to fight.  

When Maeve is bitten, Orpen is faced with a dilemma: kill Maeve before her transformation is complete, or try to get help. So Orpen sets off, with Maeve in a wheelbarrow and her dog at her side, in the hope of finding other survivors and a cure. It is a journey that will test Orpen to her limits, on which she will learn who she really is, who she really loves and how to imagine a future in a world that ended before she was born.

©2019 Sarah Davis-Goff (P)2019 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

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"Bleakly beautiful. A raw emotional depth-charge of a novel." (M. R. Carey)  

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The hardest book to pick up and put down.

Bleak and beautiful in equal measure, this book was sometimes too much to read and other times I couldn't put it down. Great narrative performance too.

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Lovely and nerve jangling story of love and loss in a desolate future Ireland. I hope there is more to come from this world.

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Stunning

Original, thought provoking and perfectly Irish as far as setting, characters and narration are concerned.