The Marriage Act

The Marriage Act

Hardback Published on: 19/01/2023
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The Marriage Act
Another dark and ominous look at the future, this author has perfected “Black Mirror” scenarios. This time we’re following on from The One and exploring th... READ MORE
Chrys - Plymouth
The Marriage Act
This book is amazing! The whole concept is fascinating and scarily realistic given the intrusion of technology into our everyday lives. It’s written very w... READ MORE


Shortlisted for the Goodreads Awards 2023. From John Marrs, the bestselling author of The One. Set in the same world, The Marriage Act is a dark, high-concept thriller. ‘One of the most exciting original thriller writers’ - Simon Kernick, author of Good Cop Bad Cop What if marriage was the law? Dare you disobey? Britain. The near-future. A right-wing government believes it has the answer to society’s ills – the Sanctity of Marriage Act, which actively encourages marriage as the norm, punishing those who choose to remain single. But four couples are about to discover just how impossible relationships can be when the government is monitoring every aspect of our personal lives, tracking every word, every minor disagreement . . . and will use every tool in its arsenal to ensure everyone will love, honour and obey. Black Mirror meets thriller with a dash of Naomi Alderman’s The Power. Praise for John Marrs: 'A page-turning and thought-provoking read' - Daily Mirror 'A socially aware novel packed with thought-provoking questions' - SFX Magazine 'Clever, compelling and terrifyingly plausible. A near future nightmare that grips from the first page and never let’s go . . . talk about a page-turner. This one will leave you with paper cuts! – C. J. Tudor, bestselling author of The Chalk Man 'A smart, gripping and scarily believable story from the master of the speculative thriller'— T.M. Logan, author of The Catch 'John’s creative, high-concept thrillers never fail to keep me furiously turning the pages and The Marriage Act is no exception . . . dark, immersive speculative fiction at its very best!' – Sarah Pearse, author of The Retreat 'A scarily plausible alternative future with a truly twisted narrative. Tensely plotted and terrifyingly imagined! - Harriet Tyce, author of Blood Orange

  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 9781035001255
  • Number of pages: 496
  • Weight: 734g
  • Dimensions: 241 x 163 x 46 mm

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The Marriage Act
Intriguing thriller
The Marriage Act is another intriguing thriller set in the near future. The unopposed right wing government has introduced the Sanctity of Marriage Act. E... READ MORE
Maggie Harris
The Marriage Act
Absolutely brilliant dystopian thriller
Another excellent albeit dark and disturbing book by John Marrs. I have read several of his previous books and despite their often grim or terrifying natur... READ MORE
The Marriage Act
Intriguing read with a twist!
This book is set in the same vein as The One and The Passengers by the same author, based in the future and controlled by the government, people are fashio... READ MORE
Teresa Nikolic
The Marriage Act
Brilliant book!!
Oh my...I loved every thought that must have gone into this book. Thanks to the "other John" who started this idea and gave John Marrs the brilliance he ha... READ MORE
Diane Merritt
The Marriage Act
John Marrs on top form
John Marrs on absolute top form again in the world of the near future. Building on the “one” DNA match, “passengers” in driverless cars and “keepers” of th... READ MORE
Rachel Dixon