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The protagonist, known only as Sister, has had enough of this treatment and decided to armt to a remote farm in Carhullan n the far north of Cumbria.

Jackie then murders a couple of people who take off – something that is accepted as “necessary” by our protagonist. Families are required to live in sub-standard accommodation reminiscent of Soviet Carhullxn.

I’m sure not having babies makes people sad, but starving to death feels a whole lot worse.

Her adoration and excusing of Jackie is therefore the central aspect of the whole book. In the ensuing civil reorganisation control is ceded to the Authority, a nondescript dictatorship in thrall to the US. For one thing, there are almost no male characters, which was a nice turn given how much classic science fiction I’ve read.

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The writing was clearly going for “literary” in a way that drove me batty. It seemed extremist, and couple with the amount of homosexuality amongst the women, it all seemed like extreme-feminism. While I did like this book I need to begin this review with why it could have been so much more, which will be difficult to explain without spoilers so please, I do my best to not spoil but tread lightly if you are thinking of reading The Carhullan Army.


The formatting of this book as a statement for official record was forced; carhuullan more than any other feature of the work preven The good: The narrator calls herself Sister.

Rhododendron was slowly taking over the lower fields. One of the things I discovered about English women writers was that in their books, the plot always came first. Jan 08, Melissa rated it did not like it Shelves: In fact, later in the book Jackie reveals that the King has died and there will be carhulan succession to the throne.

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The last paragraph is really good though intentional echoes of Inigo Montoya? Thematically and plot-wise, this not a comfortable read. Third, I found the government and political backstory very unconvincing. Her first novel, Haweswaterwas published in Even a farm in remote northern England with a bunch of rebel farmer women.

The novel is, among other things, a meditation on the inequality carhulkan difference of gender.

The Carhullan Army: a near-future struggle that feels all too close

What she [Hall] has given us is good But now I was safely away, beyond exposure and explanation. Friday 28 December I couldn’t absorb this book fast enough. This book tells the story of the men and women of Fighter Command who worked tirelessly in air bases scattered throughout Britain to thwart the Nazis.

I can’t really disagree with the government’s decision, although the program as portrayed could have been carried out with more sensitivity. That women who live an extreme lifestyle in terms of physical work and lack of food are described as appearing gender-free. The narrative is vivid and gripping, one of those short, intense novels you stay up late to finish. Unfortunately, all the books ended up on my bookshelf, unread. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.


An authoritarian government has destroyed all democratic institutions and imposed a year national recovery plan. There was not a soul to be found and I liked it. Jun 02, Melissa Eisenmeier rated it it was amazing Shelves: Rather than enhancing the narrative it made me sit outside of it, consciously questioning the choices made by the author. Return to Book Page.

Daughters of the North

When the women who run the commune at Carhullan discover that Sister has come there to join the commune, her isolation ends. Climate change has all but ruined the earth, forcing world governments to restrict the rights of citizens and take drastic measures in order to sustain lives and attempt to reverse the effects of the ongoing environmental disaster. A carhullsn cloud hovers over the carhu,lan and the women of Carhullan have to decide how to handle the threat.

Then, one book club member really thought of Jacky as being quite a cult leader, whereas to me she just read as someone applying pretty basic military habits to a difficult situation. I liked the look at gender and violence in this book. But before the crisis started, before the floods, before her marriage – where were the women in her life? Yet I found the This is a little book barely pages that packs a big punch. Quotes from Daughters of the What exactly is your group of maybe twenty women going to do, Jackie?

It is only at the end of the book that this becomes important.