Philip Temple




Is this what our future looks like?

The surveillance society, climate change, global financial crises, the end of oil, incurable diseases, all these and more are threats that constantly make news headlines. So where do we go from here?

Following Annie’s strange death, her partner is forced to think about what he has allowed to happen to his life, his community and his country. His diary, kept during the year of The Change, reveals how the example Annie left him, and the mission of his young sister Sophie, drive him to escape the life of a bureaucratic cipher and work with the Movement in its fight to bring back a free and fair way of life.

In this gripping novel, underpinned by wide research, award-winning author Philip Temple tells a tale of life at mid-century and reveals what the future may hold if we ignore the threats that face us and carry on with ‘business as usual’.

This is Philip Temple’s tenth novel and the latest addition to a remarkable array of work by someone who has been described as the most versatile writer in New Zealand. He has won awards and fellowships for his fiction, outdoors non-fiction, historical biographies, TV documentaries and children’s books. He has been made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to literature and received a Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement. Philip’s last novel The Mantis  was described in the New Zealand Listener as ‘At the summit of fiction writing’.



Format: 230 X 252mm (portrait)
Extent: 272 pages
Binding: Limp bound
ISBN: 978-0-473-28204-2
Pub date: August 2014
RRP: $35