"THIS BOOK!!!It's GORGEOUS and original and captivating. Beautiful writing and characters I cared for as if they were my own family"

Marian Keyes, internationally bestselling author, GROWN UPS


“Original, visceral, rich with themes of refuge and redemption, it's a beautifully imagined story about the hiding places in our hearts and minds.”

Emma Stonex, author THE LAMPLIGHTERS

“I didn’t want this book to end. It blew me away, and moved me beyond belief. I want to read it again and again and again.”

Bryony Gordon, author GLORIOUS ROCK BOTTOM


Ruth lives in the heart of the city. Working, drinking, falling in love: the rhythm of her vivid and complicated life is set against a background hum of darkening news reports from which she deliberately turns away.


When a new romance becomes claustrophobic, Ruth chooses to leave behind the failing relationship, but also her beloved friends and family, and travels to the other side of the world in pursuit of her dream life working with whales in New Zealand.


But when Ruth arrives, the news cycle she has been ignoring for so long is now the new reality. Far from home and with no real hope of survival, she finds herself climbing into the mouth of a beached whale alongside a stranger. When she emerges, it is to a landscape that bears no relation to the world they knew before.


When all has been razed to the ground, what does it mean to build a life?


Published by Coronet an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton in UK in June 2021.
ISBN: 1529340667
ebook ISBN: 978-1529340662