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The End We Start From

(2017)
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A startlingly beautiful story of a family's survival, The End We Start From is a haunting but hopeful dystopian vision of a familiar world made dangerous and unstable.

'Engrossing, compelling' - Naomi Alderman, author of The Power
'I was moved, terrified, uplifted
sometimes all three at once' - Tracy Chevalier, author of Girl With a Pearl Earring

Megan Hunter's honed and spare prose paints an imagined future as realistic as it is frightening. Though the country is falling apart around them and its people are forced to become refugees, this family’s world – of new life and new hope – sings with love.

In the midst of a mysterious environmental crisis, as London is submerged below flood waters, a woman gives birth to her first child. Days later, the family are forced to leave their home in search of safety. As they move from place to place, shelter to shelter, their journey traces both fear and wonder as the baby's small fists grasp at the things he sees, as he grows and stretches, thriving and content against all the odds.

With Benedict Cumberbatch calling it ‘a stunning tale of motherhood’, film rights have been sold to his production company SunnyMarch.

Genre: Science Fiction

Praise for this book

"The End We Start From is relentlessly, achingly personal. Hunter reminds us that disasters are rarely experienced in panorama. Instead, we live bone-deep inside our narrator. This book is fierce, sorrowful, and spiked with moments of bright joy." - Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

"I was moved, terrified, uplifted." - Tracy Chevalier

"I can't remember ever having read a novel quite as sparing or as daring as Megan Hunter's The End We Start From, or one that delivers so mighty an impact from such delicate materials. It is a moving, wistful and compelling debut." - Jim Crace

"Beautiful . . . Water isn't the thing here, love is. And how we survive as the level of love rises." - Cynan Jones

"Extraordinary. Megan Hunter's prose is exquisite, her depiction of a world descending into chaos is frighteningly real, and yet, it is her portrayal of motherhood - that tender-terrifying experience of bringing a child into a world - that has remained with me. The End We Start From is an incredible, original exploration of all that beauty, boredom and bewilderment. I read it in one sitting, and was deeply moved." - Hannah Kent

"A beautifully spare, haunting meditation on the persistence of life after catastrophe. I loved it." - Emily St. John Mandel

"An exceptional, alarming and beautiful book, which still echoes months after I finished reading it. Megan Hunter is a writer of unnerving power." - Evie Wyld


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Hardback Editions

March 2018 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The End We Start From (Thorndike Press Large Print Core)
Author(s): Megan Hunter
ISBN: 1-4328-4890-9 / 978-1-4328-4890-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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November 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: The End We Start From
Author(s): Megan Hunter
ISBN: 0-7352-3502-3 / 978-0-7352-3502-1 (USA edition)
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November 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: The End We Start From
Author(s): Megan Hunter
ISBN: 0-8021-2689-8 / 978-0-8021-2689-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press
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May 2017 : UK Hardback
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Title: The End We Start From
Author(s): Megan Hunter
ISBN: 1-5098-3910-0 / 978-1-5098-3910-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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Paperback Editions

July 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: The End We Start From
Author(s): Megan Hunter
ISBN: 0-7352-3504-X / 978-0-7352-3504-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin Canada
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September 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: The End We Start From
Author(s): Megan Hunter
ISBN: 0-8021-2859-9 / 978-0-8021-2859-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press
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May 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The End We Start From
Author(s): Megan Hunter
ISBN: 1-5098-4398-1 / 978-1-5098-4398-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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Audio Editions

November 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The End We Start From
Author(s): Megan Hunter
ISBN: 1-5384-3972-7 / 978-1-5384-3972-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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November 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The End We Start from Lib/E
Author(s): Megan Hunter
ISBN: 1-5384-3967-0 / 978-1-5384-3967-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
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November 2017 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The End We Start From
Author(s): Megan Hunter
ISBN: 1-5384-4008-3 / 978-1-5384-4008-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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November 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The End We Start From
Author(s): Megan Hunter
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November 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The End We Start From
Author(s): Megan Hunter
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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August 2017 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The End We Start From
Author(s): Megan Hunter
ISBN: 1-5098-7738-X / 978-1-5098-7738-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bolinda/Macmillan audio
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August 2017 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The End We Start From
Author(s): Megan Hunter
ISBN: 1-5098-7739-8 / 978-1-5098-7739-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bolinda/Macmillan audio
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May 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The End We Start From
Author(s): Megan Hunter
Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio
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May 2017 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The End We Start From
Author(s): Megan Hunter
Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio
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May 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The End We Start From
Author(s): Megan Hunter
Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio
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Kindle Editions

November 2017 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The End We Start From
Author(s): Megan Hunter
Publisher: Grove Press
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November 2017 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The End We Start From
Author(s): Megan Hunter
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
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May 2017 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The End We Start From
Author(s): Megan Hunter
Publisher: Picador
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