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Rise & Shine
Written by:
Patrick Allington 
Read by:
Humphrey Bower 
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
6 hours 30 minutes 
November 01 2020 
Available Date:
November 01 2020 
Age Category:
Fiction; Contemporary Fiction 
Bolinda audio 
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GBP£ 18.98
GBP£ 18.98

Australian author

'Narrator Humphrey Bower is the glue that keeps this work of speculative fiction together. After an apocalypse, an endless war breaks out. The population that remains finds literal sustenance in witnessing daily news footage of the fighting. There are a plethora of moments when a leader and his right-hand man verbally spar. In these moments, Bower is at his best. The raspy, defeated voice of the leader switches midstream to the peppy, joyful voice of his assistant. Listeners can't help but feel as though they are eavesdropping on intimate moments between two people who have a shorthand for communication. Due to the unique and unstructured writing style of this work, the audiobook will make for a more fulfilling experience than the print version.'

Each morning, the last humans start their day with graphic footage from the front. This is what sustains them – literally.

In a world where eight billion souls have perished, the survivors huddle together apart, perpetually at war, in the city-states of Rise and Shine. Yet this war, far from representing their doom, is their means of survival. For their leaders have found the key to life when crops, livestock and the very future have been blighted – a key that turns on each citizen being moved by human suffering. Yet is this small hope, this compassion, enough to sustain them against the despair born of all the friends they’ve lost, all the experiences they’ll never know? Or must they succumb to, or even embrace, darker desires? Rise & Shine is a tale that speaks to our troubled times, a Kafkaesque fable of hope from the imagination of Miles Franklin nominee Patrick Allington.

‘You never knew fiction could do this.’
Jane Rawson

‘A novel of rare visionary brilliance, Rise & Shine blew me away.’
Bram Presser

‘Fiercely imaginative and astonishingly written.’
Robbie Arnott, Author of The Rain Heron