The Apocalypse Clock

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02 LASTAfter The End20121223

A short story diptych written by the award-winning author Patrick Ness.

Read by Lindsay Duncan.

A newly bereaved wife returns alone to her looted home. One week on from the false apocalypse, the power is still down, the fires are still burning; people are starting to emerge, shame-faced, from their shelters, seeking food and information. As the widow walks to a hastily established food-bank, she glimpses the small boy who has shadowed her since she returned from the hospital. In his right hand he is carrying something precious; a small gift, a revelation.

The Mayans predicted that the world will end on 21st December 2012. These specially commissioned short stories explore the nature of endings through the eyes of a woman who loses everything on the day of revelation.

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.