Pub Date 09 Jan 2020
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Three hours is 180 minutes or 10,800 seconds.
It is a morning's lessons, a dress rehearsal of Macbeth, a snowy trek through the woods.
It is an eternity waiting for news. Or a countdown to something terrible.
It is 180 minutes to discover who you will die for and what men will kill for.
In rural Somerset in the middle of a blizzard, the unthinkable happens: a school is under siege. Told from the point of view of the people at the heart of it, from the wounded headmaster in the library, unable to help his trapped pupils and staff, to teenage Hannah in love for the first time, to the parents gathering desperate for news, to the 16 year old Syrian refugee trying to rescue his little brother, to the police psychologist who must identify the gunmen, to the students taking refuge in the school theatre, all experience the most intense hours of their lives, where evil and terror are met by courage, love and redemption.
'Beautifully, elegantly written, SO gripping, intelligent, timely, affecting and moving' - Marian Keyes
'An incredible, unbelievably powerful book. It’s taut, it’s appalling, it’s uplifting, it’s extraordinary. Simply stunning.' - Dinah Jefferies
‘Wow! This is a stunner of a book. Staggeringly good.’ - Jane Fallon
'Rosamund Lupton's best book yet, and that is high praise. A monster story for our fractious historical moment. Chilling, suspenseful, humane and brave.' - William Landay
'Beautifully written, emotionally note-perfect and nail-bitingly tense.' - Tammy Cohen
'This is an incredible novel: a heady combination of elegant writing, nuanced characterisation, deep emotion and heart-stopping tension.' - Elizabeth Brooks
'Heartbreaking, warm, terrifying, perceptive and grippingly page turning, this novel will have you up to the small hours desperate to find out the fate of the little school in the heart of rural England.' - Kate Hamer