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The Last to Go

By A.D. Lyall - ISBN: 9781922993656

RRP: $22.95

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A.D. Lyall writes speculative fiction. He loves fantasy for the complex worlds it contains, science fiction for glimpses into possible futures, and horror – especially dystopian horror – for how it can reveal the human condition within terrible circumstances. The Last to Go is his debut novella and belongs in the latter of these categories.

A graduate of RMIT University's Professional Writing and Editing course, A.D. Lyall has worked as a copy and manuscript editor, and has significant experience as an executive within the not-for-profit sector. He has been published in a number of speculative fiction magazines, including Aurealis, and lives in Yarraville, Melbourne. 

The Last to Go

By A.D. Lyall - ISBN: 9781922993656

RRP: $22.95

Shortlisted for the 2023 Aurealis Awards

Shortlist Aurealis - Last to Go


Most of the Earth’s population is gone. Many of those who survive have been turned into predatorial scarecrows that stand silent in the fields by day, while bringing death in the dark of night.

Despite the global devastation, Icarus and Charlton maintain a semblance of normal life on their sugarcane farm, bonding with other survivors in their community.

Icarus longs to return to the south and find his sense of belonging, in opposition to Charlton’s desire to remain on the farm, creating tension between them.

With the unexpected arrival of a charming and manipulative ex-soldier named Adam, conflicts arise while dark secrets brew beneath the surface of false hopes.

As the crows encroach upon the farmhouse, Icarus and Charlton navigate their relationship and survival in an unprecedented situation, learning what it means to be human in a dying world…

“A thought-provoking book by a new author skilled in engaging narrative and plot… A very cool read...” Travis, Indie Book reviewer 


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