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The Testament of Jessie Lamb Paperback – 25 Feb 2011

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Sandstone Press; First Edition, First Printing edition (25 Feb. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905207581
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905207589
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 51 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 200,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A little like The Handmaids Tale colliding with Children Of Men, Jane Rogers eighth novel offers a variation on one of the most chilling apocalyptic scenarios. In the near future, every woman in the world has been infected by some kind of airborne contaminant which causes maternal death syndrome (MDS). Anyone who becomes pregnant will automatically develop a form of CJD which ultimately kills them. She also quite explicitly carries over themes from her earlier bestseller, Mr Wroes Virgins, which, recast for the genome-mapping, eco-terrorist 21st century, prove soberingly durable. ALASTAIR MABBOTT --The Herald PAPERBACK OF THE WEEK

With Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go having hit the big screen, this is set to be a good year for literary dystopias that pack an emotional punch. With that adaptation, it's a case of if you like the film, you'll love the book, but if you can take any more bleakness you'll be blown away by this new novel by Jane Rogers. The scary thing about this novel is that the questions it raises are so close to home. Must women always be the victims and the fall guys? 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. KATY GUEST --The Independent

Jane Rogers has captured Jessie's voice brilliantly, alternating a teenager's solipsism with a growing awareness of the wider world. Jessie's self-conviction is both admirable and infuriating, and the reader is torn between her clear, unequivocal conclusions and the intricate, heartfelt compromises of her parents. LUCY DALLAS --Times Literary Supplement

Jane Rogers has captured Jessie's voice brilliantly, alternating a teenager's solipsism with a growing awareness of the wider world. Jessie's self-conviction is both admirable and infuriating, and the reader is torn between her clear, unequivocal conclusions and the intricate, heartfelt compromises of her parents. LUCY DALLAS --Times Literary Supplement

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Would you fight to save the world your parents have destroyed? --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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