Winner of the Arthur C Clarke Award 2012
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2011
Women are dying in their millions.
Some blame scientists, some see the hand of God. As she watches her world collapsing, Jessie Lamb decides she wants to make her life count.
Would you let your daughter die if it would save the human race?
The Testament of Jessie Lamb is the story of one daughter’s heroism and one father’s love.
“You’ll be blown away by this.”
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“By far the most moving of all the 138 [Booker] entries.”
“A dark, powerful and disturbing story asking difficult questions about science, sex, and survival.”
“Like The Handmaid’s Tale colliding with Children Of Men.”
“Jane Rogers has captured Jessie’s voice brilliantly, alternating a teenager’s solipsism with a growing awareness of the wider world … The reader is torn between her clear, unequivocal conclusions and the intricate, heartfelt compromises of her parents.”
Jane Rogers has written eight novels including Her living Image (Somerset Maugham Award), Mr Wroe’s Virgins (Guardian Fiction Prize runner-up), Promised Lands (Writers Guild Best Novel Award), Island (Orange long-listed), and The Voyage Home. She has written drama for radio and TV, including an award-winning adaptation of Mr Wroe’s Virgins for BBC2. Her radio work includes both original drama and Classic Serial adaptations. She has taught writing at the University of Adelaide, Paris Sorbonne IV, and on a radio-writing project in Eastern Uganda. She is Professor of Writing at Sheffield Hallam University, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Jane lives on the edge of the moors in Lancashire.