Last Migration
Charlotte McConaghy

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Narrated By: Barrie Kreinik

Duration: 8 hours and 49 minutes

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A dark past. An impossible journey. The will to survive.

How far would you go for love? Franny Stone is determined to go to the end of the earth, following the last of the Arctic terns on what may be their final migration to Antarctica.

As animal populations plummet and commercial fishing faces prohibition, Franny talks her way onto one of the few remaining boats heading south. But as she and the eccentric crew travel further from shore and safety, the dark secrets of Franny's life begin to unspool. A daughter's yearning search for her mother. An impulsive, passionate marriage. A shocking crime. Haunted by love and violence, Franny must confront what she is really running towards - and from.

The Last Migration is a wild, gripping and deeply moving novel from a brilliant young writer. From the west coast of Ireland to Australia and remote Greenland, through crashing Atlantic swells to the bottom of the world, this is an ode to the wild places and creatures now threatened, and an epic story of the possibility of hope against all odds.

'An extraordinary novel... as beautiful and as wrenching as anything I've ever read' Emily St. John Mandel

© Charlotte McConaghy 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021


Modern & contemporary fiction, Narrative theme: Environmental issues, Narrative theme: Interior life, Narrative theme: Death, grief, loss, Narrative theme: Love & relationships, Speculative fiction

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An adventure of a wilder sort

Vogue US

Compulsive stuff, driven at a cracking pace by the power of the elements and the fierce will of its single-minded narrator

Daily Mail

The Last Migration is as beautiful and as wrenching as anything I've ever read. This is an extraordinary novel by a wildly talented writer

Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven

A fascinating hybrid of nature writing and dystopian fiction... gripping... by merging cli-fi and nature writing, the novel powerfully demonstrates the spiritual and emotional costs of environmental destruction

The Economist

There's a brooding lushness to this novel's prose that belies its stark premise... this keening lament of an adventure is compelling.