by Christina Dalcher, Hardback, HQ Harpercollins, £12.99, out 23 august
Set in a dystopian future that is frighteningly relatable, this engrossing read tells of an america where women are limited to 100 words per day and get an electric shock if they talk too much. This appalling reality is still sinking in for former cognitive linguist Jean when a drink-fuelled rant is followed by a surprise visit and an opportunity. Heart wrenching and skilfully crafted.
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