The Children of Men
by P. D. James

"A book of such accelerating tension that the pages seem to turn faster as one moves along." --Chicago Tribune

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  • About the Film

    Academy Award® Nominee: Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Adapted Screenplay

    Now a major motion picture from Universal Pictures/Strike Entertainment film, starring Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, and Michael Caine, and directed by Alfonso Cuarón (Y tu mamá también).

    About the Book

    Told with P. D. James's trademark suspense, insightful characterization, and riveting storytelling, The Children of Men is a story of a world with no children and no future.

    The human race has become infertile, and the last generation to be born is now adult. Civilization itself is crumbling as suicide and despair become commonplace. Oxford historian Theodore Faron, apathetic toward a future without a future, spends most of his time reminiscing. Then he is approached by Julian, a bright, attractive woman who wants him to help get her an audience with his cousin, the powerful Warden of England. She and her band of unlikely revolutionaries may just awaken his desire to live . . . and they may also hold the key to survival for the human race.

    "Extraordinary. . . . Daring. . . . Frightening in its implications." --The New York Times

    "Fascinating, suspenseful, and morally provocative. The characterizations are sharply etched and the narrative is compelling." --Chicago Sun-Times

    "She writes like an angel. Every character is closely drawn. Her atmosphere is unerringly, chillingly convincing. And she manages all this without for a moment slowing down the drive and tension of an exciting mystery." --The Times (UK)

    About the Author

    P. D. James is the author of nineteen books, most of which have been filmed and broadcast on television in the United States and other countries. She spent thirty years in various departments of the British Civil Service, including the Police and Criminal Law Departments of Great Britain's Home Office. She has served as a magistrate and as a governor of the BBC. In 2000 she celebrated her eightieth birthday and published her autobiography, Time to Be in Earnest. The recipient of many prizes and honors, she was created Baroness James of Holland Park in 1991. She lives in London and Oxford.



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