The stunning new novel from the award-winning Claire North, one of the most original voices in modern fiction
*CLAIRE NORTH WAS SHORTLISTED FOR THE SUNDAY TIMES YOUNG WRITER OF THE YEAR AWARD 2017*
From one of the most original new voices in modern fiction comes a startling vision of a world where nothing is so precious that it can't be bought . . .
'An extraordinary novel that stands with the best of dystopian fiction, from Nineteen Eighty Four to The Chrysalids, with dashes of The Handmaid's Tale' Cory Doctorow
Theo Miller knows the value of human life - to the very last penny.
Working in the Criminal Audit Office, he assesses each crime that crosses his desk and makes sure the correct debt to society is paid in full.
But when his ex-lover is killed, it's different. This is one death he can't let become merely an entry on a balance sheet.
Because when the richest in the world are getting away with murder, sometimes the numbers just don't add up.
From the award-winning Claire North comes an utterly gripping, page-turning and thought-provoking new novel which will resonate with readers around the world.
Praise for Claire North:'Poignant and intensely gripping' Guardian
North's talent shines out - Sunday Times
Extraordinary . . . wildly impressive - Lucy Hughes-Hallett, BBC Radio 4 on THE END OF THE DAY
Well-paced, brilliant and balanced - NEW YORK TIMES on THE SUDDEN APPEARANCE OF HOPE
Claire North is a true original, a master of ingenious plotting and feats of imagination - Alex Marwood, author of THE WICKED GIRLS
Touch is little short of a masterpiece
Utterly readable, utterly believable and compelling . . . one of the fiction highlights of the decade - Judy Finnigan, Richard and Judy Book Club on THE FIRST FIFTEEN LIVES OF HARRY AUGUST
Little short of a masterpiece - INDEPENDENT on TOUCH
An extraordinary novel that stands with the best of dystopian fiction, from Riddley Walker to Nineteen Eighty Four to The Chrysalids, with dashes of The Handmaid's Tale. It's a novel that shows how change can come, even when the world seems doomed, and why we are not foolish to try
Poignant and intensely gripping - GUARDIAN on TOUCH
North's talent shines out - SUNDAY TIMES
An extraordinary novel that stands with the best of dystopian fiction, from Riddley Walker to Nineteen Eighty Four to The Chrysalids, with dashes of The Handmaid's Tale
An extraordinary novel that stands with the best of dystopian fiction, from Nineteen Eighty Four to The Chrysalids, with dashes of The Handmaid's Tale
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.