The Last Day

The Last Day : The Sunday Times bestseller

3.68 (7,021 ratings by Goodreads)
3.68 (7,021 ratings by Goodreads)

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A world in darkness. A secret she must bring to light.

'A beautifully realised and thought-provoking thriller' THE TIMES
'A brilliant near-future thriller and a really cracking read' RICHARD OSMAN
'Reminiscent of Robert Harris's high-concept conspiracy thrillers' FINANCIAL TIMES
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2059. The world has stopped turning.

One half suffers an endless frozen night; the other, nothing but burning sun.

Only in a slim twilit region between them can life survive.

In an isolationist Britain clinging on in the twilight zone, scientist Ellen Hopper receives a letter from a dying man. It contains a powerful and dangerous secret.

One that those in power will kill to conceal . . .
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'Wonderful: boldly imagined and beautifully written - the best future-shock thriller for years.' LEE CHILD
'Intriguing and unusual' SUNDAY TIMES
'Inventive, richly detailed world-building' TELEGRAPH
'A tantalizing, suspenseful odyssey of frustration, deceit, treachery, torture, hope, despair and ingenious sleuthing... Murray might have set a new standard for such tales.' WASHINGTON POST
'A stunningly original thriller set in the world of tomorrow that will make you think about what's happening today.' HARLAN COBEN
'A taut, thrilling runaround.' GUARDIAN
'I read this hungrily ... Its intelligence and bravura characterisation will have you turning page after page. A fabulous achievement.' STEPHEN FRY
'A brilliant debut ... Fans of Robert Harris will love it' DAILY EXPRESS
'To say it's gripping is an understatement - I cancelled all my weekend plans to finish it' SARA PASCOE
'Murray has crafted something original ... an interesting new twist on a post-apocalyptic tale.' KIRKUS
'Downright impossible to stop reading. A near-perfect alternate-future thriller.' BOOKLIST
'Dark, believable and brilliantly written' JENNY COLGAN
'A thrilling page-turner . . . I couldn't put this book down!' CHRISTINA DALCHER
'The Last Day will keep you gripped to the very last page' C.J. TUDOR
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Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 128 x 197 x 25mm | 288g
  • Arrow Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9781787463615
  • 220,457

Review Text

Murray should be commended for going into the nitty-gritty of how his post-disaster society functions[…] What really distinguishes the book, though, is the creative energy of its world-building: it demonstrates the virtue of using the future as a playground for the imagination rather than trying to second-guess it.
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I read this hungrily ... Its intelligence and bravura characterization will have you turning page after page. A fabulous achievement. * STEPHEN FRY * A brilliantly clever thriller from a brilliantly clever writer. -- Richard Osman Murray should be commended for going into the nitty-gritty of how his post-disaster society functions[...] What really distinguishes the book, though, is the creative energy of its world-building: it demonstrates the virtue of using the future as a playground for the imagination rather than trying to second-guess it. * Telegraph: the best thrillers and crime fiction of 2020 * A taut, thrilling runaround... The Last Day is an impressive dystopian techno-thriller. Murray paints a grim picture of a draconian isolationist Britain, with some vivid descriptions of a much-changed London, and the novel's climax has a neat twist. * Guardian Books of the Month * A brilliant debutwhich blends apocalyptic drama with a tale of espionage, keeping readers on tenterhooks [...] Fans of Robert Harris will love it. * Daily Express *
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About Andrew Hunter Murray

Andrew Hunter Murray is a scriptwriter and senior researcher for BBC2's QI. He co-hosts the award-winning podcast No Such Thing As A Fish, which has had 300 million downloads and toured the UK, Europe and USA. He also writes jokes and journalism for Private Eye magazine and hosts the Eye's podcast, Page 94.


His first novel, The Last Day, was a Sunday Times Top 10 Bestseller, and one of the top 10 fiction debuts of 2020.
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Rating details

3.68 out of 5 stars
- 7,021 ratings
5 19% (1,348)
4 41% (2,869)
3 31% (2,161)
2 7% (512)
1 2% (131)
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