The Sanctuary

The Sanctuary


From the author of the Sunday Times bestseller The Last Day . . .


'Imaginative and intriguing. The Sanctuary sucks you in and doesn't let you leave until the very last page - and a final revelation that left me thinking late into the night. Andrew Hunter Murray is a young writer to watch.' Anthony Horowitz

'Absolutely brilliant. I'm thinking it needs to be made into a movie!' Zoe Ball

'Gripping, unsettling and original. Andrew Hunter Murray is a fabulous storyteller.' Tim Harford

'Rich in imagination and stylishly written ... Totally absorbing.' Paul Burke, Crime Time FM

'The (considerable) pleasure of this novel is in the getting from here to there.' The Times

'This is a smoothly written, thought-provoking tale about ageing societies and wealth inequality, with an effective shocker of an ending.' The Guardian

In a disintegrating and increasingly lawless land, a young man is travelling north.

Ben is a young painter from the crowded, turbulent city. For six months his fiancée Cara has been living on the remote island of Sanctuary Rock, the property of millionaire philanthropist Sir John Pemberley. Now she has decided to break off their engagement and stay there for good.

Ben resolves to travel to the island to win Cara back. But the journey there is a harsh and challenging one, and when he does arrive, a terrible shock awaits him.

As Ben begins to find his way around Pemberley's perfect island, he knows he must also discover - what has made Cara so determined to throw her old life away? And is Sanctuary Rock truly a second Eden, as the mysterious Sir John claims - or a prospect of hell?

By the Sunday Times-bestselling author of The Last Day, this high-concept thriller will provoke and grip you from the very first page.


'Great twists, turns and surprises!'
'An intriguing, satisfying and pleasurable read.'
'Engrossing and astutely written piece of work.'

About the author

Andrew Hunter Murray

Andrew Hunter Murray is a scriptwriter and senior researcher for BBC2's QI. He co-hosts the award-winning podcast No Such Thing As A Fish, which has had 300 million downloads and toured the UK, Europe and USA. He also writes jokes and journalism for Private Eye magazine and hosts the Eye's podcast, Page 94.

His first novel, The Last Day, was a Sunday Times Top 10 Bestseller, and one of the top 10 fiction debuts of 2020.
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