Acclaimed author Lauren Beukes returns with Afterland – a striking feminist dystopian thriller (PLUS Virtual Book Launch details)
 More about the book!

Blade Runner meets The Handmaid’s Tale in this thrilling story of how far a mother will go to protect her son in a hostile world transformed by the sudden absence of men.

A brilliant blend of psychological suspense, American noir, and trenchant science fiction, Afterland is the high-concept feminist thriller that Lauren Beukes’s fans have been waiting for!



Now available as an ebook:




About the book

In a future where most of the men are dead, Cole and her 12-year-old son Miles are on the run from the most dangerous person she knows … her sister.

Miles is one of the lucky survivors of a global epidemic. But, in a world of women, that also makes him a hot commodity. The Department of Men wants to lock him away in quarantine, forever maybe.

A sinister cult of neon nuns wants to claim him for their own; the answer to their prayers. And boy traffickers are close on their heels, thanks to Billie, Cole’s ruthless sister, who Cole thought she left for dead.

In a desperate chase across a radically changed America, Cole will do whatever it takes to get Miles to safety. Because she’s all he’s got.


Virtual Book Launch details

Join The Reading List and Penguin Random House for the Facebook Live launch of Lauren Beukes’s new novel Afterland on The Reading List’s Facebook page!

Lauren will be joined by Mohale Mashigo and a few special guests.

Date: Thursday 9 April 2020
Time: 6pm

The event will be streamed LIVE on The Reading List’s Facebook page.

See you then!


About the author

Lauren Beukes writes novels, comics and screenplays. She’s the author of the critically acclaimed international bestseller Broken Monsters, as well as The Shining Girls, about a time travelling serial killer, Zoo City, a phantasmagorical Joburg noir and winner of the 2011 Arthur C Clarke Award, and the neo-political thriller Moxyland. She worked as a journalist and as show runner on one of the South Africa’s biggest animated TV shows, directed an award-winning documentary, and wrote the New York Times bestselling graphic novel Fairest: The Hidden Kingdom. She lives in Cape Town.

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