How close would you hold those you love, when the end comes?

In a society where self-preservation is as much an art as a science, Norah and Arthur are learning how to co-exist in their new little world. Though they hardly know each other, everything seems to be going perfectly – from the home they’re building together to the ring on Norah’s finger.

But survival in this world is a tricky thing, the air is thicker every day and illness creeps fast through the body. And the earth is becoming increasingly hostile to live in. Fortunately, Easton Grove is here for that in the form of a perfect little bundle to take home and harvest. You can live for as long as you keep it – or her – close.


“Deliciously creepy!” – Chris Riddell, triple Award-winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal

“As thought-provoking as it is chilling.” – Publishers Weekly

“A thought-provoking dystopian debut which continuously questions what it truly means to be alive…Hardaker’s prose is pensive, melancholic and lyrical.” – The Fantasy Hive

“A story you won’t forget in a hurry (try as you might) and an exceptional debut novel.” – SciFiNow

“The writing is wistful and works in such a way you don’t realise how wonderfully strange the book is until you are enfolded in it.” – RJ Barker, author of The Bone Ships

Composite Creatures by Caroline Hardaker

  • Angry Robot 2021

    New paperback

    268 pages