The End of the Day
shortlisted for the Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year 2017
By Claire North
Read by Peter Kenny
From the voice behind the word-of-mouth bestseller The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August comes this utterly compelling and hauntingly beautiful novel of life, death and everything in between.
***SHORTLISTED FOR THE SUNDAY TIMES / PFD YOUNG WRITER OF THE YEAR 2017***
'Funny, ambitious, immensely humane and full of philosophical panache' Sunday Times
'Extraordinary . . . wildly impressive" Lucy Hughes-Hallett, BBC Radio 4
'Wholly original and hauntingly beautiful' Kirkus
Sooner or later, death visits everyone. Before that, they meet Charlie.
Charlie meets everyone - but only once. Sometimes he is sent as a courtesy, sometimes as a warning. Either way, this is going to be the most important meeting of your life.
The End of the Day is the stunning new story from Claire North, the voice behind the word-of-mouth bestseller The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August.
'Reaffirms the passion and ambition that have made North such a consistently intriguing writer' Locus
'Every one of the chapters is shaped with philosophical panache' Guardian
'Compelling . . . keeps the surprises coming until the very end' San Francisco Chronicle
Claire North is a pseudonym for Catherine Webb, a Carnegie Medal-nominated author whose debut novel was written when she was just fourteen years old. She is fast establishing herself as one of the most powerful and imaginative voices in modern fiction. Her first book published under the Claire North pen name was The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, which became a word-of-mouth bestseller and was shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award. The follow-up Touch received widespread critical acclaim and was described by the Independent as 'little short of a masterpiece'. Her next novel The Sudden Appearance of Hope won the 2017 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel, and her recent book The End of the Day has been shortlisted for the 2017 Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year Award. In addition to working on her next novel 84K, Claire is also one of three writers contributing to the upcoming Black Mirror book, which ties into Charlie Brooker's award-winning TV series. In between writing, Claire also works as a theatre lighting designer. She lives in London.
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06 Apr 2017
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Funny, ambitious, immensely humane and full of philosophical panache — SUNDAY TIMES
Extraordinary . . . wildly impressive — Lucy Hughes-Hallett, BBC Radio 4
Claire North's writing is terrific, smart and entertaining — Patrick Ness
Wholly original and hauntingly beautiful — KIRKUS
Reaffirms the passion and ambition that have made North such a consistently intriguing writer — LOCUS
The End of the Day is [North's] most ambitious novel . . . Every one of the short 110 chapters is shaped with philosophical panache — GUARDIAN
Poetic and imaginative . . . A thoroughly engaging and astute read — SCIFINOW
A beautiful, if occasionally uncomfortable, read that resists being labeled with any particular genre — LIBRARY JOURNAL
An exciting voice in contemporary fantasy . . . North adroitly sets the scenes and enlivens them with compelling, ironic dialogue, and she keeps the surprises coming until the very end — SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
Claire North is a true original, a master of ingenious plotting and feats of imagination — Alex Marwood, author of THE WICKED GIRLS