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The Testament of Jessie Lamb

Jane Rogers



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01 September 2012
Fiction & Literature; Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945); Arthur C Clarke Award
Women are dying in their millions. Some blame scientists, some see the hand of God.

As she watches her world collapsing, Jessie Lamb decides she wants to make her life count.

Would you let your daughter die if it would save the human race? The Testament of Jessie Lamb is the story of one daughter's heroism and one father's love.
By:   Jane Rogers
Imprint:   Canongate
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 19mm
Weight:   215g
ISBN:   9780857864185
ISBN 10:   0857864181
Publication Date:   01 September 2012
Recommended Age:   From 0 to 0 years
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jane Rogers has written eight novels including Her living Image (Somerset Maugham Award), Mr Wroe's Virgins (Guardian Fiction Prize runner-up), Promised Lands (Writers Guild Best Novel Award), Island (Orange long-listed), and The Voyage Home. She has written drama for radio and TV, including an award-winning adaptation of Mr Wroe's Virgins for BBC2. Her radio work includes both original drama and Classic Serial adaptations. She has taught writing at the University of Adelaide, Paris Sorbonne IV, and on a radio-writing project in Eastern Uganda. She is Professor of Writing at Sheffield Hallam University, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Jane lives on the edge of the moors in Lancashire.

Reviews for The Testament of Jessie Lamb

* You'll be blown away by this. Independent * By far the most moving of all the 138 [Booker] entries. -- Chris Mullin Evening Standard * A dark, powerful and disturbing story asking difficult questions about science, sex, and survival. Michele Roberts * Like The Handmaid's Tale colliding with Children Of Men. Herald * Jane Rogers has captured Jessie's voice brilliantly, alternating a teenager's solipsism with a growing awareness of the wider world ... The reader is torn between her clear, unequivocal conclusions and the intricate, heartfelt compromises of her parents. TLS * The scary thing about this novel is that the questions it raises are so close to home ... The novel does not set up an elaborate apocalypse, but astringently strips away the smears hiding the apocalypses we really face. Like Jessie's, it is a small, calm voice of reason in a nonsensical world. Independent * Marvellous. Daily Mail * Based on a premise so terrifyingly plausible you're half-afraid the book might fall into the hands of some ruthless bio-terrorists with the keys to an IVF lab...Rogers brilliantly characterises the self-centred logic of an obstreperous teenager -- Alfred Hickling Guardian * This is an Atwoodian exploration of new technologies and implications for womankind -- Emma Hagestadt Independent * Terrifyingly plausible ... a well-written and thought provoking read ... This is what good science fiction should be: smart, realistic, engaging Curious Book Fans

  • Long-listed for The Man Booker Prize 2011 (UK)

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