Book Review

The Seawomen: Powerful novel depicts the persistence of women under patriarchal and religious rule

Chloe Timms’s compelling debut about an island where women suffer under an oppressive regime is essential reading for dystopian fiction fans

Chloe Timms, author of The Seawomen, a novel that is brilliantly executed and essential reading for dystopian fiction fans

“The Handmaid’s Tale – with mermaids,” is how one critic perfectly describes Chloe Timms’s excellent debut novel. On the island of Eden lives a religious society governed by a fear of the outside world, particularly the sea. Any man not a minister is entrusted with patrolling the waters, hunting fish and warding off the mysterious Seawomen.

Women – and here’s where the Margaret Atwood comparisons come in – are married off and given a year ...