It’s the middle of the twenty-first century and the ‘new white world’ of the European Ice Age is upon us. Saul is one of the ‘Ice People’, the reviled peoples of the northern hemisphere.
Reflecting on his youth, when Europe was basking in the effects of global warming and when he first met his beloved wife, he recounts the gradual social and climactic changes that have led to a frozen world where technology has superseded nature, a world where people scavenge to survive.
About the Author
Maggie Gee is the author of twelve acclaimed novels, including The White Family (shortlisted for the Orange and IMPAC prizes), My Cleaner and a memoir, My Animal Life. She is a Fellow and Vice-President of the Royal Society of Literature, and Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. Her work has been translated into fourteen languages. Maggie Gee was awarded an OBE in 2012 for her services to literature.
'Excellent ... intelligent, driven, imaginative, obsessive yet still gracious, one of our best ... Exciting stuff.'
'Ambitious and subtle ... She writes elegantly, unsentimentally, expertly ... The Ice People works persuasively as science fiction, and is truthful about our emotional lives.'
'Infused with poetic intensity ... this is a gripping fictional realisation of what we fear: the death of civilisation. Maggie Gee achieves her apocalyptic vision without the clank of hardware and intergalactic wars. Her detail is precise and controlled and her beautifully orchestrated whisper of redemption is rooted in eternal myth.'
'An intriguing novel of ideas, fully fleshed out ... Classy science fiction.'
Mail on Sunday
'A remarkable novel ... up there with Orwell and Huxley.'