Shortlisted for the Bailey's Prize 2017

What if the power to hurt were in women's hands?

Suddenly - tomorrow or the day after - teenage girls find that with a flick of their fingers, they can inflict agonizing pain and even death. With this single twist, the four lives at the heart of Naomi Alderman's extraordinary, visceral novel are utterly transformed.

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9780670919963

April 27, 2017

Penguin General UK (UK Adult)

RRP $26.00

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Extract

Margot closes the door of the bedroom softly.

Jocelyn is on her bed, legs stretched out. She’s holding Mr Bear.

She’s a child, just a child.

‘I should have called,’ says Margot, ‘as soon as it started. I’m sorry.’

Jocelyn’s near to tears. Margot sits on the bed gently, as if not to tip her full pail over. ‘Dad says you haven’t hurt anyone, not badly.’

There’s a pause, but Jos doesn’t say anything, so Margot just keeps talking. ‘There were. . . three other girls? I know they started it. That boy should never have been near you. They’ve been checked out at John Muir. You just gave the kid a scare.’

‘I know.’

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