Ward and Muhammad Ali at the GQ Norman Mailer Awards in New York
'A Departure is horror story, road story, love story – a shockingly good debut novel about what happens when one world brutally ends and a new world begins. It is a book that self-consciously elbows its way into the company of J.G. Ballard’s Empire of the Sun and Cormac McCarthy’s The Road – and like those great books, it will stay with you for long after you have read the final page. A cracking good read that has at its black heart hope, humanity and a dream of escape.'
'At 23 years of age, Tom Ward is a prize-winning journalist, an accomplished novelist and quite possibly the best young writer in the country. He writes fiction, he writes non-fiction and he does it all brilliantly – with humour and heart and massive ambition. The smart move would be to read everything with his name on.'
'A Departure' is available here.