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What to expect

The Quickening is a bold and shocking novel set in a near-future Britain, about gender, power and betrayal.

‘Does the world seem right, to you?’

Years ago, Dana Mayer had a vision of a better world: one where women are in charge. Now her manifesto, The Quickening, has established the rules for a new order, designed to elevate and protect women. A genteel and peaceful society that prioritises nature, good manners and aesthetics. Of course, in order for women to maintain control, the freedoms of men have been necessarily limited.

Arthur Alden loves Dana Mayer but hates the world she has created. But can he find a way to resist, without losing everything? And with Dana intent on making men pay reparations for their past crimes, can Arthur be allowed to live without punishment?

(P) 2022 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Critics Review

  • Praise for Acts of Love

  • ‘Talulah Riley is an absolute force of nature. As is her lead character. Read and revel

    Eva Rice, author of The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets
  • Riley is obviously super smart and has an old-fashioned, modernist sort of style that makes you think. I loved it.

    Daily Mail
  • A refreshing love story about the importance of independence and destiny

    Marie Claire
  • A bold story of love and deception, with a fascinating main character

    Woman's Own
  • A fluid and engaging love story with a truly unique heroine


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