The Island at the End of the World (Paperback)

By Sam Taylor

Penguin Books, 9780143116257, 215pp.

Publication Date: August 1, 2009

September 2009 Indie Next List

“In this fascinating post-apocalyptic novel, Sam Taylor crafts the story of the last survivors of The Flood: a family of four isolated in the simplicity of their own little Eden. But, from the beginning, we sense something eerie suffusing the idyllic atmosphere, and when the harmony of their world is breached by a stranger, ugliness erupts and relationships begin to disintegrate.”
— Jennie Turner-Collins, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati, OH
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A chilling post-apocalyptic tale of how far a father will go to protect his children?from the author of The Amnesiac

In a world nearly destroyed by catastrophic floods, one family has been spared. Many years ago, as the waters rose, a father and his three children took to their ark and drifted to the safety of a small island. Life there is a quiet idyll of music and farming?and young Alice, Finn, and Daisy are grateful for their salvation?until the day a stranger swims ashore. A terrifyingly plausible adventure story, The Island at the End of the World is a mesmerizing novel from an exciting new writer.

About the Author

Sam Taylor was born in 1970 and is the former pop culture correspondent for the Observer. He is the author of The Republic of Trees, The Island at the End of the World, and The Amnesiac, which both garnered rave reviews and critical acclaim. He lives in France with his young family.