By Talulah Riley
The Quickening is a powerful and terrifying vision of the future, from a bold and original voice in fiction.
A bold and shocking novel set in a near-future Britain, about gender, power and betrayal.
In a time of deep political unrest a new Britain, ruled by charismatic Prime Minister Dana Mayer, is emerging. Under Dana, a one-party government is slowly taking control of everything - creating a regime which seems, at first, idyllic.
Government-worker Art Alden has been infatuated with Dana since they were both at university, and has championed her rise to power. But Art soon begins to realise that there is something terribly, frighteningly wrong with the new world. Until now, his unrequited love for Dana has prevented him from taking a stand - but when men begin disappearing all over the country, Art is drawn into The Strife, a terrorist group.
The time has come to act. But Dana's regime is listening, and the price for disloyalty - both to one's country, and to those we love - may be higher than Art could ever have imagined.
Talulah Riley is an actress, writer, and director. THE QUICKENING is her second novel. Talulah Riley can be found on Twitter: @TalulahRiley.
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01 Nov 2018
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Hodder & Stoughton
Praise for Acts of Love — :
'Talulah Riley is an absolute force of nature. As is her lead character. Read and revel' — Eva Rice, author of The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets
Riley is obviously super smart and has an old-fashioned, modernist sort of style that makes you think. I loved it. — Daily Mail
A refreshing love story about the importance of independence and destiny — Marie Claire
A bold story of love and deception, with a fascinating main character — Woman's Own
A fluid and engaging love story with a truly unique heroine — Heat