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Not Alone

Not Alone

by Sarah K Jackson

Publisher Picador


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  • Hardcover

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'Not Alone kept me breathless with tension. An outstandingly credible and gripping adventure story, rooted in a deep understanding of both ecology and family.' - Emma Donoghue, bestselling author of Room

In a world very close to our own, a mother and her young son desperately fend for themselves in the confinement of their one bedroom flat. Five years ago, a toxic microplastics storm killed most of the population. Now Katie must forage and hunt the few surviving animals for meat as she attempts to feed her little boy, to care for him as best she can. At a time when stepping outside could kill you, Harry is kept indoors at all costs, never venturing beyond the entrance to their building, never knowing the truth of how he came to call this place home. Bodies continue to build up around them, inescapable layers of toxic dust hang heavily in the air and Katie is only getting sicker. Then, after years without human contact, Katie and Harry are terrified by the arrival of another survivor and Katie knows she must finally undertake a previously unthinkable journey in search of the man she was supposed to marry, Jack. In search of a new life for her son.

Outside their safe haven, Katie and Harry encounter a world that is forever changed. There are new threats to their safety here, fellow survivors who are determined to start a new population, to save the world they so desperately misunderstood. Katie is pushed to unimaginable lengths as she pushes ahead in search of a better life and as Harry's safety wavers in the balance. As they travel further north, leaving their once safe haven so far behind them, Katie knows how much harder it will be to return if things go wrong.

In Not Alone, Sarah K. Jackson combines heart-stopping adventure, with a deeply felt and vividly imagined central bond between mother and child which transcends the world around them. This stunning debut is about love, trust, hope and the looming threat facing us all.

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About the Author

Sarah K Jackson

Sarah is an author and also an ecologist specialising in botany, and has a keen interest in human-wildlife coexistence, conservation, climate change and microplastics pollution. Her work in ecology has taken her all around the UK, scrambling through woodland, paddling up rivers, squelching through mountain bogs, and also sometimes overseas. It provides plenty of inspiration for her writing.

She studied Psychology and Criminology at Cardiff University, before deciding to do a Masters in Conservation Ecology at Oxford Brookes University.

An avid reader of books, especially fantasy, science fiction and non-fiction, she also loves to adventure to wild places, especially those with mountains, ancient forest and glacial waterfalls.

Sarah's debut novel, Not Alone, was published by Picador in the UK in April 2023 and by Doubleday in the US in May 2023.

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    All of our books that a have dust wrapper are covered in clear protective, removable film and are packed professionally in bubble wrap and a box for shipping so that they reach you in perfect condition.

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