The End of Nightwork by Aidan Cottrell-Boyce (HC)

The End of Nightwork by Aidan Cottrell-Boyce (HC)

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Pol suffers from a very rare hormonal disorder that ages him erratically: when he was thirteen, his body aged ten years overnight, and now in his early thirties, he still has the outward appearance of a twenty-three-year-old. But with his condition dormant, Pol and his wife Caroline manage to live an ordinary life in London. They're happy enough, even if having a young child has put something of a strain on their marriage. That and Pol's obsessive interest in the writings of an obscure seventeenth-century Puritan prophet, Bartholomew Playfere, and his premonitions of ecological disaster and the end of the world.

But while Pol is failing to complete his research on Playfere, he encounters a radical new movement that argues that all economic and political events are part of an aeon-long struggle between the old and the young - that the 'hoarist' habit of violence, their need to conquer, has also affected how they treat the planet. The leader of this popular movement predicts an imminent inter-generational conflict - 
father against son, mother against daughter - that echoes Playfere's own prophecies.

Against this increasingly fraught backdrop, Pol's dormant condition threatens to resurface - putting both the safety and happiness of his family at risk.


"Rapturous, disruptive and quietly, complexly devastating, The End of Nightwork combines satire, elegy and fantastic portraiture to thrilling effect. A myriad of tender, terrifyingcataclysms told with wit and true originality. A reckoning." - Eley Williams

"A strange and wonderful debut. A meditation on history and a lovingly-drawn portrait of a marriage, Aidan Cottrell-Boyce's novel goes straight to the anxious heart of our present, preapocalyptic moment with grace, wisdom, empathy and a boatload of brilliant one-liners." - Paul Murray

"The End of Nightwork is a rare thing; a novel of ideas that also happens to be deeply movingThere is wit and erudition here, but never at the expense of the book's abiding tenderness, insight and empathy." - Keiran Goddard

Hardcover Edition
Publisher: Granta Books
ISBN: 978-1783789528
Pages: 288