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A stunning speculative novel about a small English village preparing of the end of the world.

Edgar Hopkins is a retired math teacher with a strong sense of self-importance, whose greatest pride is winning poultry-breeding contests. When not meticulously caring for his Bantam, Edgar is an active member of the British Lunar Society. Thanks to that affiliation, Edgar becomes one of the first people to learn that the moon is on a collision course with the earth.

Members of the society are sworn to secrecy, but eventually the moon begins to loom so large in the sky that the truth can no longer be denied. During these final days, Edgar writes what he calls “The Hopkins Manuscript”—a testimony juxtaposing the ordinary and extraordinary as the villagers dig trenches and play cricket before the end of days.

First published in 1939, as the world was teetering on the brink of global war, R.C. Sherriff’s classic science fiction novel is a timely and powerful missive from the past that captures human nature in all its complexity.

About The Author

R.C. Sherriff was born in 1896. He worked in an insurance office until he joined the East Surrey regiment early in World War I. In 1917, he was severely wounded at Ypres. Journey’s End, based on his letters home from the trenches, was an enormous success and became a classic. In the 1930s, Sherriff went to Hollywood to write the script for The Invisible Man, and subsequently worked on the script for Mrs. Miniver, Goodbye Mr. Chips, and many other successful films. He wrote several novels, including The Fortnight in September, Greengates, and The Hopkins Manuscript before his death in 1975.

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Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio (January 5, 2023)
  • Runtime: 11 hours and 35 minutes
  • ISBN13: 9781797151731

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"Sherriff’s 1939 dystopian classic about the moon crashing into Earth and the ensuing worldwide unrest springs to life in a compelling performance by Nicholas Boulton. The preface/lecture by an Abyssinian professor 1,000 years in the future, perfectly performed by Lameece Issaq, introduces the action. Boulton flawlessly executes the manuscript left by Edgar Hopkins, a stoic middle-aged bachelor who details his observations for future scholars-as took place with the Rosetta Stone. Boulton magnificently captures Hopkins’s moods as he waffles on telling the secret of the impending crash; observes people preparing for the apocalypse; realizes there are other survivors afterward, and feels disgust at the regrowth of political greed. Quotations by other characters are thoughtfully nuanced. Fans of H.G. Wells will appreciate this timely tale."

– Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award, AudioFile Magazine

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