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Tom Rob Smith. Cold People (Scribner, $28.00).
From the brilliant, bestselling author of Child 44 comes a suspenseful and fast-paced novel about an Antarctic colony of global apocalypse survivors seeking to reinvent civilization under the most extreme conditions imaginable.
The world has fallen. Without warning, a mysterious and omnipotent force has claimed the planet for their own. There are no negotiations, no demands, no reasons given for their actions. All they have is a message: humanity has thirty days to reach the one place on Earth where they will be allowed to exist…Antarctica.
Cold People follows the perilous journeys of a handful of those who endure the frantic exodus to the most extreme environment on the planet. But their goal is not merely to survive the present. Because as they cling to life on the ice, the remnants of their past swept away, they must also confront the urgent challenge: can they change and evolve rapidly enough to ensure humanity’s future? Can they build a new society in the sub-zero cold?
Original and imaginative, as profoundly intimate as it is grand in scope, Cold People is a masterful and unforgettable epic.
Tom Rob Smith graduated from St John’s College, Cambridge University in 2001, with a first in English Literature. One of his first writing jobs was story lining Cambodia’s first soap operas. Born in 1979 to a Swedish mother and an English father, he wrote his first novel CHILD 44 at the age of twenty-six.
CHILD 44 was an international publishing sensation, translated into over thirty five languages and selling over two million copies. Among its many honours, Child 44 won the International Thriller Writer Award for Best First Novel, the Galaxy Book Award for Best New Writer and the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award. The book was the first thriller to be longlisted for the Man Booker Prize as well as being shortlisted for both the Costa First Novel Award and the inaugural Desmond Elliot Prize. CHILD 44 was turned into a movie starring Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman produced by Scott Free, a movie that was subsequently banned in Russia.
THE FARM is a number 1 international bestseller and the first crime thriller to be longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize.
His latest novel is called COLD PEOPLE.
In addition to writing novels, his first original television show LONDON SPY (BBC2 & BBC AMERICA) with Ben Whishaw and Charlotte Rampling was been nominated for numerous awards, including both BAFTA and an RTS nomination for best mini-series. Charlotte Rampling was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance. For his second piece of television, he wrote all the scripts for American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace (FX), which won him a Writer’s Guild Award for best adapted series, An Emmy and a Golden Globe for best limited series.
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