In Jane Rogers’ terrifyingly plausible novel, an ordinary girl faces an extraordinary situation. If the human race is to survive, it’s up to her.

Women are dying in their millions. Some blame scientists, some see the hand of God, some see human arrogance reaping the punishment it deserves. The Testament of Jessie Lamb explores a young woman’s determination to make her life count for something in a world irreparably altered by an act of biological terrorism. As the certainties of her childhood are ripped apart, Jesse’s idealism and courage drive her towards the ultimate act of heroism.

Longlisted
2011 Booker Prize
Published by
Canongate