Set in the part of England once known as The Lake District, THE CARHULLAN ARMY is narrated by a young woman who has adopted the name Sister. Britain after its union with the United States and numerous unsuccessful foreign wars has found itself in the grip of a severe fuel crisis and the country is now under the control of a severe body known as The Authority. All fire-arms have been handed over to the Government and all women have been fitted with contraceptive devices; this Britain of the near-future is brutal and very-near desperate. Sister feels her only hope lies in finding the Carhullan Army: a mythical band of women who live a communal existence in the remote hills of Cumbria. Sarah Hall's novella is about women, terrorism, and individual choice, and is as compelling as it is believable.
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