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Richard Herley

It is 2029, twelve years on from a global plague.

John Suter believes himself the sole survivor. He has gradually come to terms with his fate and has settled into a steady and self-reliant daily routine.

One morning he finds a mutilated body in the river near his house. In his terror, Suter knows he has no choice but to investigate.

What he discovers upstream stretches his endurance to its limits and forces him to reassess not only his own humanity, but also his place within the human family he had once believed extinct.

Some opinions of Refuge

Another winner from this wonderful and under-rated author. Having read and thoroughly enjoyed The Penal Colony, I decided to read this and was not disappointed.

Herley beautifully creates situations in which to explore alternate moralities using succinctly defined and plausible characters.

A book which compels the reader from beginning to end.


I can’t recommend this book highly enough. If you like brainy, propulsive thrillers with characters who are complex, flawed and not always easy to love, this is the book for you.

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