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Published by Orbit, 16 April 2017. ISBN: 978-0356507347 (HB)
The End of the Day is a
novel in which grotesque personifications of the four horsemen of the
apocalypse - Death, Famine, Pestilence and War - visit and consume continents,
countries, regions and villages as the world slides towards apocalypse.Into this threatening scenario stumbles
Death’s unassuming employee, Charlie, The Harbinger of Death and main character
in the story.His adventures and
contemplations provide the landscape through which the fog of death curls,
contaminates and kills.
Charlie travels the world meeting people either
to herald their imminent demise, offer a warning that may prevent their
untimely death or, simply, to extend a “courtesy” on Death’s behalf.The novel frequently
juxtaposes the commonplace with the
unimaginable.So, for example, Charlie
is regularly sent to places of devastation and depravity, but the office
dealing with his assignments is based in Milton Keynes.Similarly, Charlie frequently finds himself
in bizarre and deadly situations, but, when his mission is accomplished, he
returns home to a small flat in Dulwich, South London.
The novel highlights the impact of modern
phenomena on individual lives.It moves
effortlessly between the intensely personal and the global, through a series of
surreal episodes that track Charlie’s journeys.He is sent to a remote village to visit a dying woman who is the last
exponent of her people’s language.He
meets an elderly man and his grand-daughter who face eviction because the block
of flats they live in has been earmarked for a lucrative redevelopment.On other occasions, he is dispatched to
war-torn regions of the Middle East and Africa, takes a road/air trip through
the United States, and almost dies whilst struggling across the melting
glaciers of Greenland.
of the Day is not a crime novel, although it does
deal with corporate, political and ideological crimes, as well as individual
acts of brutality inflicted by human beings on other human beings.North’spoetic prose is as beautiful as her subjects
are disturbing, and within this context the ordinary-extraordinary character of
Charlie becomes a latter-day Everyman, whose tale offers a chilling and thought
consideration of the world we live in.
Claire Northis a pseudonym for Kate Griffin and Catherine Webb.
She was born 1986. She was educated at the Godolphin and Latymer School in
London and the London School of Economics. She was 14 years old when she
completed Mirror Dreams, her first novel which was written during her
school holidays.The book was published
in 2002 by Atom Books, part of Time Warner (now Hachette Book Group), and Webb
was named Young Trailblazer of the Year by the magazine Cosmo Girl. She has
published eight young adult novels, all with Atom Books. In 2010 she graduated
from Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Webb prides herself on the scientific and
historical accuracy of her Horatio Lyle books. She also writes fantasy novels for adults under
the name Kate Griffin. As Claire North, she has written two science-fiction
Dot Marshall-Gentworked in the
emergency services for twenty years first as a police officer, then as a
paramedic and finally as a fire control officer before graduating from King’s
College, London as a teacher of English in her mid-forties. She completed
a M.A. in Special and Inclusive Education at the Institute of Education, London
and now teaches part-time and writes mainly about educational issues. Dot
sings jazz and country music and plays guitar, banjo and piano as well as being
addicted to reading mystery and crime fiction.