Antonia Honeywell

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The Ship

book | Fiction | 2015
World → Weidenfeld & Nicolson (Ed. Arzu Tahsin)
The world is in collapse. Financial meltdown, global warming and internet censorship have created a society in which only the wealthy and privileged can survive. Michael Paul, creator of the government firewall, uses his wealth to buy a huge ship, in which he will transport five hundred worthy people, handpicked by him, to the safe, fulfilling destiny they desire and deserve. Only one person will be automatically included - his 16-year-old daughter, Lalla, for whom he created his floating haven. But, as the ship approaches its destination, Lalla begins to doubt and finally challenge her father, whose hold over his people becomes more sinister and more absolute…

A rites-of-passage novel, a love story and a high-concept thriller, The Ship shows a young woman questioning her past, her present and her future as she begins to realise that her father’s ‘Ark’ is not all that it seems.

Kate Cooper manages the translation rights for The Ship


The Ship by Antonia Honeywell review – a dystopian dilemma

Honeywell’s debut is ambitious and well written and provides endless possibilities for debate. 

Carol Birch
The Guardian

As engrossing as it is chilling, this potent first novel fuses an apocalyptic coming-of-age story with a fierce interrogation of what it means to be truly alive.

Hephzibah Anderson
Daily Mail

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