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Apocalypse for Beginners

(2010)
A novel by

 
From the author of Canada Reads winner Nikolski comes a sweet, smart and occasionally surreal romantic comedy, featuring two young friends who could become lovers - if only one of them hadn't convinced herself that the end of the world is nigh.

The Randall family was always a little strange. For generations, each member receives a prophetic vision of the apocalypse - but always on a different date. When the End of Days fails to materialize, yet another Randall goes mad.

In the summer of 1989, Hope Randall's mother, in an attempt to forestall the latest imminent apocalypse, loads up the Lada and heads west from Yarmouth. After their car dies in Rivière-du-Loup, the mother and daughter put down roots, as yet another day of reckoning comes and goes.

Mickey Bauermann has never seen the likes of the red-headed wonder that is Hope, whose idea of a good time is spending Friday nights watching David Suzuki reveal the mysteries of science on TV. The Bauermann family has been in the concrete business for generations, but Mickey has other ideas of what he wants to do with his life. For now, he spends every available second with Hope, whose mother has become increasingly unhinged. The teens take refuge in Mickey's bungalow basement, aka The Bunker, where they watch the twentieth century crumble and transform on the small screen.

But when Hope's destiny as a Randall is revealed by chance - and by a bomb shelter's worth of ramen noodles - the time for hiding out is past. For Hope, the only way to deal with the end of the world is to confront it head on. The journey begins...

 
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Paperback Editions

January 2011 : UK Paperback
Title: Apocalypse for Beginners
Author(s): Nicolas Dickner
ISBN: 1-84627-259-9 / 978-1-84627-259-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Portobello Books Ltd
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

August 2011 : UK Paperback
Title: Apocalypse for Beginners
Author(s): Nicolas Dickner
ISBN: 1-84627-260-2 / 978-1-84627-260-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Portobello Books Ltd
Availability: Amazon UK   

December 2010 : USA Paperback
Title: Apocalypse for Beginners
Author(s): Nicolas Dickner
ISBN: 0-307-39941-9 / 978-0-307-39941-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage Canada
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

July 2016 : MP3 CD
Title: Apocalypse for Beginners
Author(s): Nicolas Dickner
ISBN: 1-5226-8671-1 / 978-1-5226-8671-2
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

January 2012 : USA Audio edition
Title: Apocalypse for Beginners
Author(s): Nicolas Dickner
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   

Kindle Editions

December 2010 : Canada Kindle edition
Title: Apocalypse for Beginners
Author(s): Nicolas Dickner
Publisher: Vintage Canada
Availability: Amazon CA   



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