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Winner of the Not the Booker Prize 2018

When a wealthy client visits Mathilde’s dressmaking shop, she finds herself drawn into the only surviving circle of luxury left in a barren London. Attending parties offers a welcome escape from life governed by ration cards and a strictly enforced child policy. Here she meets enigmatic government minister George and piano-playing Jaminder, with whom an intense friendship blossoms. 

As their relationship grows stronger, George’s grip on Mathilde tightens, as she tries to discover where the illicit food is coming from, where women disappear to and what price she must pay to avoid bringing a child into a cruel, ever-changing world.

©2018 Rebecca Ley (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

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Excellent story from a brilliant author

Rebecca captures both the beauty and the loss of a remarkably well conceived world. An great post apocalyptic novel with an unusually beautiful heart