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"Susan Cooper set this 1964 sci-fi thriller in an Orwellian future of 1980. England is under the power of a lunatic Prime Minister Mandrake, who creates a planned society of isolation that forces people back to their place of origin. Standing against his insanity is anthropologist Dr David Queston, an expert on man and “the tyranny of place.” Engl
Hardcover, 253 pages
Published 1964 by Hodder & Stoughton
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Pam Baddeley
This 1960s novel is Cooper's first and is aimed at adults, before she gained more success with her The Dark is Rising series for teens/YA. The premise is interesting and quite topical in some ways, because it shows Britain becoming turned inward and obsessed with the notion of each inhabitant belonging to an ancestral home which excludes outsiders, a process taken to the extreme by the end of the story, so that new towns stand empty, and inhabitants of even large cities will not tolerate anyone ...more
Bob Rust
Jun 12, 2016 Bob Rust rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mandrake (1964) the eponymous politician takes over a distressed Near-Future England and in mystical league with the forces of Nature begins the process of cleansing the Earth of Man but is stopped just in time.
Ben Gilman
Not really science fiction but a fine thriller nonetheless.
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Susan Cooper's latest book is the YA novel "Ghost Hawk" (2013)

Susan Cooper was born in 1935, and grew up in England's Buckinghamshire, an area that was green countryside then but has since become part of Greater London. As a child, she loved to read, as did her younger brother, who also became a writer. After attending Oxford, where she became the first woman to ever edit that university's newspap
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