by John Lanchester
✅ Editor: Faber & Faber
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Framed against the consequences of a catastrophic climate disaster known as ‘the Change’, Lanchester paints a deeply compelling image of a divided country, committed to defending its walls at all costs. The dark heir of his state-of-the-nation novel, Capital, The Wall is a half England dystopia for our fractured and uncertain times. A thrilling special allegory of the Broken Britain that asks key questions about the choice between personal freedom and national interest. Longlisted for the man Booker Prize, 2019 Kavanagh begins its life patrolling the Wall. If he’s lucky, if nothing happens, he has only two years of this, 729 most nights. The best thing that can happen is that he survives and comes out of the Wall, and never spend another day of his life anywhere near. He longs for this to be over; it would be somewhere else. He will soon discover that what the Defenders do, and that the Others are. Along with the rest of his team, he will be the one to endure the cold and the fear, day after day, night after night. But somewhere, in the dark cavern of his mind, he thinks: wouldn’t it be interesting if something did not happen, if you came, if you had to fight for your life? John Lanchester exciting, hypnotic new novel is about why young people have the right to hate the old. This is a broken world, you can recognize as your own, and on what might be found when all is lost.
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