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Composite Creatures

Caroline Hardaker

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Angry Robot
02 July 2021
How close would you hold those you love, when the end comes?

How close would you hold those you love, when the end comes?

In a society where self-preservation is as much an art as a science, Norah and Arthur are learning how to co-exist in their new little world. Though they hardly know each other, everything seems to be going perfectly - from the home they're building together to the ring on Norah's finger.

But survival in this world is a tricky thing, the air is thicker every day and illness creeps fast through the body. And the earth is becoming increasingly hostile to live in. Fortunately, Easton Grove is here for that in the form of a perfect little bundle to take home and harvest. You can live for as long as you keep it - or her - close.

File Under-Science Fiction Teratoma for One | Nine Lives | Cell Patchwork | Till Death
By:   Caroline Hardaker
Imprint:   Angry Robot
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   New edition
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 135mm, 
Weight:   368g
ISBN:   9780857669025
ISBN 10:   0857669028
Pages:   400
Publication Date:   02 July 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Caroline Hardaker is a poet and novelist from the northeast of England. She has published two collections of poetry, and her work has appeared worldwide in print and on BBC radio. She is Writer in Residence for Newcastle Puppetry Festival and is currently collaborating with the Royal Northern College of Music to produce a cycle of songs to be performed throughout the year. She lives and writes in Newcastle.

Reviews for Composite Creatures

A strong debut, and one that makes me want to read more from this up-and-coming author. Caroline Hardaker's debut poetry pamphlet is a triumph of contemporary myth-making. Deliciously creepy! an unapologetic, intimate tale of our shared human fragility, and the deceptions we employ to keep from breaking. The writing is wistful and works in such a way you don't realise how wonderfully strange the book is until you are enfolded in it. As thought-provoking as it is chilling. Explores what constitutes love, how to build a life when a lot we take for granted is missing, and what it takes to 'glue together a splitting world.' A delicate and terrifying prospect of our future, with the most lovable creatures. Creepy and enthralling, Hardaker's superbly written debut will drip feed you dread from beginning to end. Highly recommended.


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