The Half-life of Snails

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Pub Date 7 Nov 2022 | Archive Date 31 Jul 2022

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Two sisters, two nuclear power stations, one child caught in the middle... When Helen, a self-taught prepper and single mother, leaves her young son Jack with her sister for a few days so she can visit Chernobyl’s Exclusion Zone, they both know the situation will be tense. Helen opposes plans for a new power station on the coast of Ynys Mon that will take over the family’s farmland, and Jennifer works for the nuclear industry and welcomes the plans for the good of the economy. But blood is thicker than heavy water, and both want to reconnect somehow, with Jack perhaps the key to a new understanding of one another. Yet while Helen’s is forced to face up to childhood traumas, and her worst fears regarding nuclear disaster, during a trip that sees her caught up in political violence and trapped in Chernobyl’s Exclusion Zone, Jennifer too must discover that even the smallest decision can have catastrophic and long- lasting effects, both within the nuclear industry, and within the home. And Jack isn’t like other five-year olds...as they will both discover with devastating consequences.


This novel is partly set in Ukraine circa 2014. The writer travelled to Ukraine and was made very welcome by lots of people in the course of her research work. We are supporting the Red Cross Appeal for Ukraine by donating all our profits from the sale of the book in the UK to the Ukraine appeal. Our intention is that whatever we raise will reflect in some small way the support the author had from people in Ukraine to enable her to tell her story.




Two sisters, two nuclear power stations, one child caught in the middle... When Helen, a self-taught prepper and single mother, leaves her young son Jack with her sister for a few days so she can...


A Note From the Publisher

Philippa Holloway is a writer and academic, living in England but with her heart still at home in Wales. Her short fiction is published on four continents. She has won prizes in literary awards including the Fish Publishing Prize, The Scythe Prize, and the Writers & Artists Working Class Writer’s Prize. She is co-editor of the collection 100 Words of Solitude: Global Voices in Lockdown 2020 (Rare Swan Press), and a senior lecturer at Staffordshire University. Twitter: @thejackdawspen

Philippa Holloway is a writer and academic, living in England but with her heart still at home in Wales. Her short fiction is published on four continents. She has won prizes in literary awards...


Advance Praise

The Half-life of Snails received a 2nd place prize in the Writers & Artists Working Class Writers Prize 2020.

The Half-life of Snails received a 2nd place prize in the Writers & Artists Working Class Writers Prize 2020.


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