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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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The Hunger Games crossed with The Handmaid's Tale

Cosmopolitan

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  • Paperback

    9780670919963

    April 27, 2017

    Penguin General UK

    288 pages

    RRP $26.00

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  • EBook

    9780670919970

    October 27, 2016

    Penguin eBooks (UK Adult)

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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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The Liars' Gospel
Doctor Who: Borrowed Time
The Lessons
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