Narrated By: Karissa Vacker, Erin Bennett
Duration: 9 hours and 6 minutes
What to expect
SHORTLISTED FOR THE INAUGURAL ORWELL PRIZE FOR POLITICAL FICTION
‘Intense, beautifully crafted . . . Her talent is electric. Get ready for a shock’ Guardian
This is a work of fiction. Keep telling yourself that.
America has changed. For women, it has changed for the worse.
Ro, a single high-school teacher, is desperate to become a mother. But with IVF now illegal – along with abortion and other reproductive rights – parenthood looks increasingly unlikely for her. Her best friend Susan is trapped in a failing marriage with two children, her star student Mattie is unwillingly pregnant and Gin, an outcast offering other women natural remedies, has become the centre of a modern-day witch-hunt.
With warmth, wit and ferocious inventiveness, Red Clocks shows us an all-too plausible near-future: like The Handmaid’s Tale, it is a call to arms, set to become a modern classic.
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‘Intense, beautifully crafted…Her talent is electric. Get ready for a shock’ Guardian
‘Timing is everything – and the release of Red Clocks couldn’t be more apt’ Grazia
‘A fearless novel with a frightening premise that seems plausible. One for fans of Naomi Alderman’s The Power’ Stylist
‘Lyrical and beautifully observed … highly absorbing’ Naomi Alderman, author of The Power
‘Necessary and so of the moment … this is your go-to book in 2018’ Elle
‘Terrifyingly real’ The Pool
‘Vividly imagined’ Sunday Times
‘Sharp, bold, funny’ Esquire
‘Powerful, beautifully written (and, at times, wry and funny) … Red Clocks is set to become one of the essential reads for 2018’ Emerald Street
‘This provocative exploration of female longing, frustration and determination couldn’t be more timely, and yet there’s nothing fleeting about it … Zumas has written a novel that’s political without being doctrinaire, that expands the dimensions of our most pressing social debate’ Washington Post
‘The dystopian feminist novel for a new generation and a story that will rev you up to be part of the resistance’ Refinery29
‘In bristling sentences that strike with stunning efficiency, Leni Zumas shows girls and women defying the excruciating restrictions imposed by both law and culture. This is not only timely but necessary fiction—uncannily prescient, unabashedly political, and fiercely humane. We so desperately need books like this’ Emily Fridlund, author of History of Wolves
‘Hilarious, terrifying, and masterful–this pitch-perfect, timely novel reflects the horror and absurdity of our political landscape with a brilliance that ensures the book's timelessness. It's as riotously fun as it is chilling. Zumas has produced a poignant, wickedly sharp classic’ Alissa Nutting, author of Tampa