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The Last Day by Andrew Hunter Murray

The Last Day

The Times Thriller of the Month

Andrew Hunter Murray

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2 reviews

Imprint: Hutchinson
Publisher: Cornerstone
Publication date: 6 Feb 2020
ISBN: 9781786331915
3 stars out of 5
23 Feb 2020

" an intriguing and unusual set-up"

you may be tempted to skip much of this overly formulaic thriller strand. Far more enthralling is Hunter Murray’s sci-fi world-building, whether he’s delineating the planetary breakdown’s repercussions or everyday life in an Orwellian London that seems to have reverted to how it was in the post-1945 austerity years.

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5 stars out of 5
James Lovegrove
14 Feb 2020

"Murray offers not only a well-realised apocalypse but a plausible vision of politicians willing to do anything, however hein­ous, to preserve their nation’s standing"

The debut novel from Andrew Hunter Murray, a contributor to both Private Eye and BBC TV quiz show QI, posits a world that has stopped turning. One side is perpetually exposed to the sun, the other in eternal icy darkness. When scientist Ellen Hopper receives a letter from her former mentor at Oxford from his deathbed, she is drawn, at risk of her life, into uncovering a terrible hidden truth that could bring down the country’s authoritarian government. Reminiscent of Robert Harris’s high-concept conspiracy thrillers, The Last Day is polished and accomplished. Murray offers not only a well-realised apocalypse but a plausible vision of politicians willing to do anything, however hein­ous, to preserve their nation’s standing.