'A brilliantly clever thriller from a brilliantly clever writer.'
RICHARD OSMAN, author of The Thursday Murder Club
'A beautifully realised and thought-provoking thriller.' THE TIMES
'Reminiscent of Robert Harris's high-concept conspiracy thrillers' FINANCIAL TIMES
A WORLD HALF IN DARKNESS. A SECRET SHE MUST BRING TO LIGHT.
2059. The world has stopped turning.
One half suffers an endless frozen night; the other, nothing but burning sun.
Only in a slim twilit region between them can life survive.
In an isolationist Britain, scientist Ellen Hopper receives a letter from a dying man.
It contains a powerful and dangerous secret.
One that those in power will kill to conceal...
THE LAST DAY: an utterly original debut thriller, perfect for readers who loved Robert Harris' Fatherland, Emily St. John Mandel's Station 11, and The Wall by John Lanchester.
'Wonderful: boldly imagined and beautifully written - the best future-shock thriller for years.'
'A tantalizing, suspenseful odyssey of frustration, deceit, treachery, torture, hope, despair and ingenious sleuthing... Murray has so thoroughly thought through the ramifications of his conceit and conjured up such a dramatic plot and stellar cast of characters that he might have set a new standard for such tales.'
'A stunningly original thriller set in the world of tomorrow that will make you think about what's happening today.'
'I read this hungrily ... Its intelligence and bravura characterisation will have you turning page after page. A fabulous achievement.'
'A taut, thrilling runaround'
'A brilliant debut ... Fans of Robert Harris will love it'
'To say it's gripping is an understatement - I cancelled all my weekend plans to finish it'
'In his fascinating debut, Murray has crafted something original ... an interesting new twist on a post-apocalyptic tale.'
'Downright impossible to stop reading. The science is believable, the near-future world feels as real as our own, the characters are lively, and the plot is suspenseful. A near-perfect alternate-future thriller.'
'Dark, believable and brilliantly written'
'A thrilling page-turner, and a reminder to treasure our sunsets and sunrises while we still have them. I couldn't put this book down!'
CHRISTINA DALCHER, author of VOX
'Brilliant debut novel . . . The dystopian world is incredibly well realised, the characters are well drawn and the plot is nail-bitingly tense'
'I loved the premise of this high-concept thriller ... a compelling read with some well-placed observations on the darkness of human nature and survival. The Last Day will keep you gripped to the very last page'
Andrew Hunter Murray is a scriptwriter and fact-hunter for BBC2's QI. He co-hosts the podcast No Such Thing As A Fish, which has had 200 million downloads, and has toured the UK, Europe and Australia. He also writes jokes and journalism for Private Eye magazine, and hosts the Eye's podcast, Page 94.
The Last Day is his first novel.
I read this hungrily ... Its intelligence and bravura characterization will have you turning page after page. A fabulous achievement.
A brilliantly clever thriller from a brilliantly clever writer.
Murray should be commended for going into the nitty-gritty of how his post-disaster society functions[…] What really distinguishes the book, though, is the creative energy of its world-building: it demonstrates the virtue of using the future as a playground for the imagination rather than trying to second-guess it.
Telegraph: the best thrillers and crime fiction of 2020
A taut, thrilling runaround... The Last Day is an impressive dystopian techno-thriller. Murray paints a grim picture of a draconian isolationist Britain, with some vivid descriptions of a much-changed London, and the novel's climax has a neat twist.
Guardian Books of the Month
A brilliant debutwhich blends apocalyptic drama with a tale of espionage, keeping readers on tenterhooks […] Fans of Robert Harris will love it.