The Marriage Act

The Marriage Act

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction, Crime & Thrillers
Paperback Published on: 31/08/2023
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'Clever, compelling and terrifyingly plausible' – C. J. Tudor, author of A Sliver of Darkness

What if marriage was the law? Dare you disobey? Set in the same world as The One, now a Netflix Original Series, The Marriage Act is a dark, high-concept thriller from bestselling author John Marrs.

'A page-turning and thought-provoking read' – Daily Mirror

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 supervising every aspect of our personal lives, monitoring every word, every minor disagreement – and will use every tool in its arsenal to ensure everyone will love, honour and obey . . .

Shortlisted for the Goodreads Awards 2023.

Black Mirror meets thriller with a dash of Naomi Alderman’s The Power.

‘One of the most exciting original thriller writers’ – Simon Kernick, author of Good Cop Bad Cop

'Brilliantly tricksy' – Liz Nugent, author of Strange Sally Diamond

'Dark, immersive speculative fiction at it’s very best!' – Sarah Pearse, author of The Retreat and The Sanatorium

  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 9781529071191
  • Number of pages: 496
  • Weight: 346g
  • Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 32 mm

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The Marriage Act
John Marrs has smashed it out the park yet again!
The Marriage Act returns us to the world of his previous books, ‘The One’ and ‘The Passangers’, two of his best books, The One, where you find your soulmat... READ MORE
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The Marriage Act
Brilliant and thought provoking
Wow, how twisted is the mind of John Marrs? This books follows in the same world he created in The One and Passengers although you don’t need to have read... READ MORE
Karen Farrow
The Marriage Act
John Marrs has once again delivered an outstanding read
It was my pleasure to be able to review The Marriage act by John Marrs. This was the Blurb What if marriage was the law? Dare you disobey? Britain. The ... READ MORE
Keely Robertson
The Marriage Act
Dark and compelling
This was a truly compelling and fast paced read. I had high hopes for this book having read and enjoyed his previous novels with a particular interest in h... READ MORE
Amanda Holyoak
The Marriage Act
5* Futuristic Thriller
The Marriage Act takes us to the Smart Era. Smart phones, smart TVs, smart cars and… smart marriages. With a smart marriage comes perks like better healthc... READ MORE
Shi Selby
The Marriage Act
Dark, disturbing, suspenseful - brilliant!
I have loved all of John Marrs' books, and this one is up with the best of them. Set in the time of The One and The Passengers this book is a complete... READ MORE
Madeline Cordell
The Marriage Act
He does it again!
I love these dystopian fiction stories from Marrs, I’m absolutely hooked on them and always waiting for the next one to come out, no pressure. The most r... READ MORE
meghan edwards
The Marriage Act
An absolute must read!
This book sticks with me months after reading. I often refer to it... imagine if somebody who doesn't know me and my family actually heard or private joke... READ MORE
Daisy Carver
The Marriage Act
Futuristic domestic horror with a thrill
Creepy, far to real and has you questioning the future and what we are setting ourselves up for. If you liked The One, you’ll love this. Like a sequel, a t... READ MORE
Janet Preece
The Marriage Act
Dark, tense and unmissable
The Marriage Act is a pacy speculative thriller set in Britain in the near future. A right-wing government has brought into law the Sanctity of Marriage Ac... READ MORE
Emma Alvey
The Marriage Act
Scary & fascinating
Having recently read & loved The Family Experiment, I had to go back & read The Marriage Act, set in the same world. In the time of The Marriage Act a powe... READ MORE
Maggie Macdonald