The Flood

The Flood

Maggie Gee

9780863565120 February 2005 Paperback 328pp

About the Book

President Bliss is handling a tricky situation with customary brio, but after months of ceaseless rain the city is sinking under the floods. The rich are safe on high ground, but the poor are getting damper in their packed tower blocks, and the fanatical ‘Last Days’ sect is recruiting thousands.

When at last the sun breaks through the clouds Lottie heads off to the opera, husband Harold listens to jazz and their ditsy teenage daughter Lola fights capitalism by bunking off school. Shirley takes her twin boys to the zoo. The Government – eager to distract attention from a foreign war it has waged – announces a spectacular City Gala. But not even TV astrologer Davey Lucas can predict the extraordinary climax that ensues.

About the Author

Maggie Gee was chosen as one of Granta’s ‘Best Young British Novelists’ in 1983. Since then she has published eight novels to great acclaim, including Grace, The Ice People, Light Years and The White Family which was shortlisted for the 2002 Orange Prize for Fiction and for the International Impac Dublin Literary Award 2004. She is the first woman Chair of the Royal Society of Literature and lives in London.


‘Gripping, original and highly entertaining – Maggie Gee at her superb best.’
J.G. Ballard

‘Dazzling … alternately lyrical and austere … unbearably touching.’
The Observer

'Eloquent, angry and beautiful ... her best book yet.'
Hilary Mantel

'The Flood, for all its passion and intricacy, is also a very funny book.'
Times Literary Supplement

'Champions the varieties of human resilience in the face of overwhelming odds.'
Daily Telegraph