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9th October 2017


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The White City

Author Roma Tearne


A permanently frozen London is the setting for Roma Tearne’s  harrowing yet lyrical tale of survival in a dystopian near-future.

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‘Every day when I stand on high ground and look towards the Tower, to where the river used to be, I see it melt a little more.’

Hera has known great loss over decades of endless winter. The first snows coincided with the arrest of her brother on terrorism charges, and since then she has witnessed the total collapse of normal life in a devastated London. Her only source of comfort through it all has been her relationship with Raphael. Now, as the thaw begins, can she at last track down her elusive lover?

Within this compelling vision of a dystopian near-future, Roma Tearne offers us a moving study of human endurance.

Praise for Roma Tearne
‘Roma Tearne is an exquisite writer and captivating storyteller’ Aminatta Forna
‘Skilled and sensitive … Tearne’s training as a painter shows in the subtle descriptions that fill each page with lyrical power’ Independent on Sunday
‘Tearne captures a shifting social and political landscape and questions notions of home and homeland’ The Independent
 ‘Tearne brings her skills as a painter to her writing’ Sunday Telegraph
‘She has a wonderful ability to create atmosphere.’ The Times
‘Tearne charts the patterns of love and loss with beautiful prose’ Sunday Times
Bonus Material
Q&A with Roma Tearne
Roma Tearne

Meet the author

Roma Tearne is a Sri Lankan-born, Oxford-based artist, film-maker and writer. She trained as a painter, completing her MA at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford. Her debut novel, Mosquito, was shortlisted for the 2007 Costa Book Awards First Novel prize. The Swimmer was longlisted for…

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