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The Mother Fault

Narrated by: Claudia Karvan
Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
4.8 out of 5 stars (20 ratings)

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Imagining a near future as terrifying as Margaret Atwood’s Gilead, a riveting tale of one woman taking on the world to save her own.

"A triumph of a novel. Five stars. I loved it. Thrilling, confronting, page-turning and heartbreakingly poignant, The Mother Fault is a remarkable story." (Jane Harper, best-selling author of The Dry)

You will not recognize me, she thinks, when I find you....

Mim’s husband is missing. No one knows where Ben is, but everyone wants to find him - especially The Department. And they should know, the all-seeing government body has fitted the entire population with a universal tracking chip to keep them "safe".

But suddenly Ben can’t be tracked. And Mim is questioned, made to surrender her passport, and threatened with the unthinkable - her two children being taken into care at the notorious BestLife.

Cornered, Mim risks everything to go on the run to find her husband - and a part of herself, long gone, that is brave enough to tackle the journey ahead.

From the stark backroads of the Australian outback to a terrifying sea voyage, Mim is forced to shuck off who she was - mother, daughter, wife, sister - and become the woman she needs to be to save her family and herself.

"Sublime...a timely, riveting, warning bell of a book can be confidently recommended." (Books+Publishing)

"Brilliant. A raw, urgent, white-knuckle ride through a world only a heartbeat away." (James Bradley, author of Ghost Species)

‘Clever, political, pacy and exciting. Pure diamond-edged propulsive power." (Chris Flynn, author of Mammoth)

"Shook me to my core. I could not put it down." (Alice Robinson, author of The Glad Shout)

"A clarion call, wrapped in vivid prose, inside a truly thrilling read" (Angela Savage, author of Mother of Pearl and Behind the Night Bazaar)

"An unvarnished, beautifully written, totally authentic tribute to the everyday badassery and bullshit of motherhood, to the ordinary extraordinariness of women. It’s also a fast-paced edge-of-your-seat, heart-in-your-mouth adventure with an ending worthy of a Homeland season finale." (Anna Downes, author of The Safe Place)

"A literary thriller that speaks precisely, devastatingly, to its time." (The Monthly)

"A stunning account of a possible future, The Mother Fault deserves every bit of the hype it has received in the lead up to its release." (The AU Review)  

"The true power of this novel is in its appalling plausibility. That, and the fact that it is impossible to put down." (Readings Monthly)

©2020 Kate Mildenhall (P)2020 Simon & Schuster Australia

Critic Reviews

"In The Mother Fault, Kate Mildenhall has achieved that rare thing - a book that at once tackles the big issues and is an addictive page-turner. The near-future Mildenhall has created is not only believable but disturbingly familiar. At its heart is a timeless story of motherhood - an expert and moving portrayal of the lengths a mother will go to in order to save her family. A smart, confronting and compelling read." (Melanie Cheng, author of Australia Day and Room for a Stranger)

"Kate Mildenhall raises big questions in this riveting thriller about the moral reckoning that will be demanded of us by future generations for our actions and inaction. But at the heart of The Mother Fault is a deeply human tale, one that prevails against and rises above political agendas: the need to protect those we love. This is exactly the kind of story we need right now; one that observes with lacerating honesty what we risk becoming." (Sally Piper, author of The Geography of Friendship and Grace’s Table

"The Mother Fault looks unflinchingly into a terrifyingly plausible future. I could barely catch my breath while reading.... The Australia Mildenhall conjures is at once recognisable and destabilising, beautiful and horrific, taut and emotionally resonant. It shook me to my core. I could not put it down." (Alice Robinson, author of Anchor Point and The Glad Shout

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