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The Last Town on Earth

(2006)
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Set against the dual backdrop of World War I and the devastating 1918 influenza epidemic, "The Last Town On Earth" is a brilliantly drawn tale of morality and patriotism in a time of upheaval. Deep in the evergreen woods of Washington State lies the mill town of Commonwealth, a new community founded on progressive ideals, and a refuge for workers who have fled the labour violence in the surrounding towns. When rumours spread of a mysterious illness that is killing people at an alarming rate, the people of the uninfected Commonwealth vote to block all roads into town and post armed guards to prevent any outsiders from entering. One day two guards - Philip Worthy, the 16-year-old son of the town founder, and his friend Graham Stone, a hardened survivor of vicious strikes - are confronted with a moral dilemma. A starving and apparently ill soldier attempts to enter the town, begging them for food and shelter. Should Worthy and Stone admit him, possibly putting their families at risk? Or should they place their lives above his and let him die in the woods? The choice they make - and the reaction it inspires not only in their town but in the neighbouring town's league of suspicious patriots - sets into motion a series of events that threaten to tear Commonwealth apart. From the rich threads running through this period of history, Thomas Mullen has created a truly gripping tale, which grows in tension and suspense as the panic and conflict within the town take hold. A sweeping cinematic novel, with a compelling cast of characters, "The Last Town On Earth" powerfully grapples with the tensions of individual safety and social responsibility, of moral obligation and duty in the face of forces larger than oneself.

Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"The Last Town on Earth wraps the reader in its quiet power. As the characters become trapped by their town, we become increasingly trapped by our own fears and hopes. Thomas Mullen's debut is stirring, classic storytelling, with a deep resonance between the book's moment in history and our own times." - Matthew Pearl

"Like the best historical fiction, The Last Town on Earth illuminates a place and time not our own . . . Mullen's novel [also] could not be more timely or relevant, and eerily so. I promise you, while you're reading The Last Town on Earth, the mere sound of a cough will be enough to raise the hair at the back of your neck." - Larry Watson


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September 2006 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Last Town on Earth
Author(s): Thomas Mullen
ISBN: 0-00-722442-7 / 978-0-00-722442-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate Ltd
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August 2006 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Last Town on Earth: A Novel
Author(s): Thomas Mullen
ISBN: 1-4000-6520-8 / 978-1-4000-6520-2 (USA edition)
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June 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Last Town on Earth
Author(s): Thomas Mullen
ISBN: 0-00-723500-3 / 978-0-00-723500-1 (UK edition)
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July 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Last Town on Earth: A Novel
Author(s): Thomas Mullen
ISBN: 0-8129-7592-8 / 978-0-8129-7592-5 (USA edition)
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September 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Last Town on Earth
Author(s): Thomas Mullen
ISBN: 0-00-723499-6 / 978-0-00-723499-8 (UK edition)
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October 2008 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Last Town on Earth
Author(s): Thomas Mullen
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October 2008 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Last Town on Earth
Author(s): Thomas Mullen
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December 2006 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Last Town on Earth
Author(s): Thomas Mullen
ISBN: 1-4281-0307-4 / 978-1-4281-0307-8 (USA edition)
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August 2006 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Last Town on Earth
Author(s): Thomas Mullen
ISBN: 1-4193-9802-4 / 978-1-4193-9802-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books, Inc.
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July 2010 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Last Town on Earth
Author(s): Thomas Mullen
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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August 2006 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Last Town on Earth: A Novel
Author(s): Thomas Mullen
Publisher: Random House
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