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Brother in the Land

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  846 Ratings  ·  67 Reviews
An 'After-the-Bomb' story told by teenage Danny, one of the survivors - one of the unlucky ones. Set in Shipley, an ordinary town in the north of England, this is a powerful portrayal of a world that has broken down. Danny not only has to cope in a world of lawlessness and gang warfare, but he has to protect and look after his little brother, Ben, and a girl called Kim. Is ...more
Kindle Edition, 160 pages
Published (first published January 1st 1984)
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Malaika the significance is that how selfish mike and maureen were firstly they had an illegal baby then how self centered could they be that knowing about…morethe significance is that how selfish mike and maureen were firstly they had an illegal baby then how self centered could they be that knowing about what was going on they brought this baby to the world how possibly could that poor thing survive this town which was more like a graveyard now with people dying and after bomb eruptions children of the subsequent generations are born with birth defects which happened with their baby it had no mouth and so it died(less)
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Aug 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fascinating and harrowing book. I picked it up after hearing it discussed on A Good Read, which is a fabulous podcast from BBC Radio 4.

I've always felt an abyss-like fear open up in front of me whenever I think of nuclear war, another reviewer mentioned the equally harrowing Threads tv show shown in 1984 on the BBC which terrified me as a 14 year old, and so it proved with this book. I was gripped by the realistic description but didn't want to read on at the same time.

I found it all
Jul 08, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this after hearing it recommended on 'A Good Read' last week and after finding it in the attic. Another of the 1980s post nuclear batch, very much in the style of 'Children of the Dust' and 'Z for Zachariah'. It's unremittingly miserable (pretty sure I've seen a tv version of it once upon a time) though the version I read has 'an extra final chapter' where a glimmer of redemption appears. Told from the point of view of the teenage protagonist in simple, plain prose, it doesn't condescent to ...more
Nov 03, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
This is a book that was very popular in the 80s, when I was a teenager. I remember lots of kids at school reading it and liking it, but for some reason it didn't appeal to me, so I didn't read it. Having now read it for the first time yesterday, I think my teenage judgement was quite wise!

It's not that it's a bad book. It's good. Very good. I can see why it won awards. It's just very, very bleak. I came away feeling quite depressed. Of course, to be a believable book, it would have to be bleak.
Aug 12, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I re-read it after reading originally when I was about 12... It still stands up in terms of impact, and the writing isn't as simple as you might think. I found the overwhelming bleakness makes it a little preachy and predictable though. Worth a look if you haven't read it.
Apr 22, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian
I read it with the new ending, but still, a YA book set in a post-nuclear-catastrophe martial-law-ruled UK is going to be a downer. Even without the cannibals.
Jun 23, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
A good short read about a post-nuclear war experience!
Jul 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've never forgotten this book. It hit me like a hammer when I was young
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is just such a masterpiece. It's quite short, and does lend itself to being a children's book, but I think anyone could read it and thoroughly enjoy it.

The ending is where Brother in the Land really shines. There's drama and even a happy ending (kind of) and you really feel for Danny, Kim and Ben.

This is a post apocalyptic novel, so be prepared for some desolation and desperation as well as a corrupt military/government and some death. After the nuclear bomb goes off that destroys much of t
Janet Gaspar
Jun 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reseña en mi blog

Cada que me encuentro con un chico en edad de secundaria o preparatoria le doy este libro diciendo: ¡Ey, tienes que leerlo!

Este corto libro de corte juvenil se sitúa en un mundo en caos después de que, por un error, las armas nucleares de todo el mundo se activen, la mayoría de los humanos mueren, pero los pobres desgraciados que sobreviven se enfrentan a una realidad cada vez más desalentadora y cruel.

Danny, el protagonista, es un much
This book was a good read but noty really for the faint hearted. I read it knowing that my friend recommended it because she read it at school and I was surprised after reading it that they would have had school children reading this. It's an enthralling story but not all together pleasent. There were parts of this book that I could have done without reading
reem alrashoud
A story about a kid who survived a nuclear war. The idea itself is interesting enough..
As I mentioned before, I randomly bought this book, and it wasn't bad. I liked it.
I loved the way things happened, the kind of.. Realism
I expected a better ending tho. I mean things kept happening and they'd keep talking about it and suddenly everything got a brief end. The baby, for example.
Jillian V
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Militant Poetry
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Harrowing. like an 8 hour long version of the movie threads! The ending was a bit shit tbh. maybe me being Swiss and having been conscripted is to blame but I really dislike the part where the soldiers come in a helicopter, go full fash and intimidate the Settlers just to piss off again. I can assure you we uphold equality, fraternity & liberty and u know actually save people, not just leave 'em behind. I mean Geneva (city in switzerland) convention?! I guess it makes somewhat sense they'd r ...more
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-for-l
Read on the plane to Santorini, adjacent to a woman with sharp elbows.

I'd read it before, of course; I think this is one of the classic YA nuclear novels and a soon as I read the description (in an article about the N Korea situation, naturally!), I recognised it - if only for the Purple People-Eaters (and now I have the song stuck in my head).

Four stars, a simple but undeniable classic of the genre.
Fobe Knockaert
‘Als de bom barst’ is een boek die me aan het twijfelen bracht. Is dit verhaal fictie of non-fictie? Zo realistisch is het verhaal geschreven. Maar ik kan je geruststellen dit verhaal is fictie. Gelukkig maar!
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a amazing book
Nov 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The ending is...sad, it makes me cry
Mary Arkless
Nov 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, where to start? A friend had posted about a similar book she was reading, as she was working her way through a list of 1001 children's books one should read. The book she read reminded me of one I wanted to re-read, but couldn't find. I couldn't remember the name or author, but could remember the basic storyline. I had looked for it once before, but came up without the book. So, all this prompted me to try again. I tried Amazon and googling with keywords and also the title of the book she ...more
Graham Clements
Brother in The Land begins with teenager Danny taking a break from working in his father’s corner store to go on a long bike ride into the English countryside. It starts to rain, so he takes shelter in a World War II pillbox. As he waits for the rain to stop, he sees the flashes of nuclear missiles exploding.

Aware that the rain might contain radiation, he waits for it to stop and then rides back to his fictional hometown of Skipley. It is badly damaged and hundreds are dead. The rest of the nove
Ahmad Kamal
Dec 16, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This tital is same like the story inside
This play revolves around a theme: survival of the fittest. We see this through the life of a teenage boy Danny who is devastated as everyone around him is losing lives as he too ds his family farewell. It all starts of with a nuclear attack on the town of Skipley. The citizens turn to the Civil Defence Team working at Kershaw's farm. The team becomes selfish in times of need and poisons all the ill people. They also announce that all fit men must work at
Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Había misiles. Bajo la tierra. En el cielo. Bajo las olas. Misiles con ojivas termonucleares, suficientes para matar a todos en la tierra. Tres veces.
Y algo los desencadeno; de Oeste a Este y de Este a Oeste, cruzándose a la mitad como vehículos en un funicular. Poblaciones y ciudades enteras se evaporaron.
La lluvia de ojivas estremeció la tierra, explosión tras explosión, y un trueno terrible que desgarro los cielos.
Así comienza la historia de Danny, un joven que vive en Skipley, una ciudad don
David Lowther
Jan 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a novel for older teenagers I guess but it most certainly be appreciated by adults. It starts with a nuclear holocaust which leaves a young teenager Danny one of the few survivors in his town. The rest of the story tells of how Danny and his fellow survivors cope with the aftermath of the meltdown.

I read this almost thirty years after it was published and the threat of nuclear attack appears, at least for the time being, to have receded. It certainly brought back to me those two decades
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
<3 Hermano en la tierra <3
Empezando el libro:
Wooow sin duda alguna este libro me sorprende cada día mas, en impactante y alarmante como la sociedad cada vez esta regresando a una humanidad preNeardental ya que como se mención durante la trama, cada vez es mas común y normal ver tanta crueldad ante nuestros ojos, sin duda sigue impactando cada vez mas, llega un momento cuando crees que las personas no pueden actuar de peor manera y este libro sin duda alguna saltan esa barda, ya que cada d
David Luckwell
Aug 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-school
I read this novel as it was suggested on the fantastic Radio 4 programme 'A Good Read'. It fits well into my search for good 11-14 year old readers for school.

Although a post-apocalyptic novel is bound to be quite bleak, I found this short novel to be compelling. Each succinct chapter covers another aspect of how life would be affected by a nuclear holocaust. Written in 1984 (Orwellian links are blatant), the prospect may have seemed more possible then but anyone who watches news bulletins regul
Sep 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este sin duda fue el primer libro distopico que leí en mi vida, no solo por eso se ha ganado un lugar en mi mente, si no que fue uno de los libros decisivos para que me convirtiera en la bookworm que soy hoy.
La primera vez que lo vi tenía 13 años y el titulo me llamo, estaba entre una pila de libros que la maestra de literatura trajo consigo el día que proclamo que dedicaríamos una hora a la semana a leer, me llevo un semestre acabarlo pues no nos dejaban llevarnos los libros, pero cada palabra
tom bomp
Sep 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Harrowing novel about the aftermath of a nuclear war. Like Threads in book form.

HOWEVER, I know there are at least 2 editions of this, with different endings. One is the original, which is realistic and depressing. There's another one which makes no sense but gives a reasonably happy ending. I prefer the first. Funny story: we read this book in school and half were the first and half the second but the teacher hadn't realised they had different endings. When we got to the end there was a lot of
Jose Moa
Oct 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good youn adult novel with the same subject,the post nuclear global war,that the novel The childrens of the dust but opposite to this in the sense that is absolutely pessimistic.The message is that the characteristics of the civilization as the justice,solidarity and other ethic values are very weak and dissapear in a global catastrophe,appearing the animal side of the human being as a selfish big predator without respect by the life of his fellow beings;al this would bring a chaos tha ...more
Jul 12, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: post-apocalyptic
I think I was just too late for this to be on our high school reading list - we got "Z for Zachariah" as our dose of nuclear apocalypse fiction instead I suppose. Brother In The Land is a rather bleak account of the days following the nuclear destruction of the UK, focusing on a small Northern town. The edition I bought trumpeted "a new final chapter" on the cover - my advice would be to not read the addition, it's not good.
Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favoritos, ficción
Si algún día en alguna edición de la FIL de Guadalajara me preguntan por tres libros que hayan cambiado mi vida, este libro definitivamente será el primero que mencione. La visión post-apocalíptica del mundo que relata el autor realmente me asustó cuando lo leí, así que decidi alejarme de cualquier tipo de extremismo y siempre buscar soluciones consensuadas para cualquier problema. Libro recomendado para adolescentes.
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