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The heavens are falling

Clare Morrall’s dystopian vision of the future sees an isolated community — bombarded by drones and directives — barely surviving Birmingham’s flood waters

20 February 2016

9:00 AM

20 February 2016

9:00 AM

When the Floods Came Clare Morrall

Sceptre, pp.345, £17.99, ISBN: 9781444736472

The dystopian novel in which a Ballardian deluge or viral illness transforms planet Earth has become something of a sub-genre, and Clare Morrall’s astute and vigorously imagined novel follows on from the best of them, such as Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy and (most recently)Emily St John Mandel’s Station Eleven and Antonia Honeywell’s The Ship.

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