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Title: Things To Do Before the End of the World

Author: Emily Barr

Published: 6th of May 2021 – Penguin

Format: Digital (eARC) – 320 pages

Hello Hello! How are you?

Today is my stop on the Ultimate Blog Tour organised by Dave from The Write Reads for Things To Do Before the End of the World by Emily Barr, which is one of the longest titles I’ve ever seen aha!

I decided to do a spotlight for this post, so keep on reading to find out if this book is for you! Thank you so much to Dave, the author and the publisher for letting me be on this tour, as always, it’s an honour!


Timely and powerful; the new coming-of-age thriller from the bestselling author of The One Memory of Flora Banks.

One minute you’re walking in the park, hiding from a party. Then you discover that the next nine months will probably be your last. Everyone’s last. You realise that you happen to be alive at the time when your species becomes extinct.

You have to decide whether to go with it meekly like you usually do or to do something brave, to live your last months with all the energy and bravery you can muster, to rage against the dying of the light.

Olivia struggles to live her real life as fully as she wants to. She plans out conversations and events in her head but actually doing them and interacting with other people is hard. When the news breaks that humans have done such damage to the earth that there’s only nine months of safe air left everybody makes bucket lists and starts living their best lives – everyone, that is, but Olivia who is still struggling to figure out who she wants to be.

Then out of the blue comes contact from a long-lost cousin Olivia didn’t even know existed. Natasha is everything Olivia wants to be and more. And as the girls meet up for their last summer on earth Olivia finds Natasha’s ease and self-confidence having an effect on her. But what if Natasha isn’t everything she first appears to be . . . ?


Emily Barr worked as a journalist in London, but always hankered after a quiet room and a book to write. She went travelling for a year, writing a column in the Guardian about it as she went, and it was there that she had an idea for a novel set in the world of backpackers in Asia. This became Backpack, which won the WH Smith New Talent Award. She has since written eleven more adult novels published in the UK and around the world, and a novella, Blackout, for the Quick Reads series. Her twelfth novel, The Sleeper, is a psychological thriller set on the London to Cornwall sleeper train.

In 2013 she went to Svalbard with the idea of setting a thriller in the Arctic. The book that came out of it was The One Memory of Flora Banks, a thriller for young adults, which attracted universal interest from publishers before being bought pre-emptively by Penguin earlier this year. It will be published globally in January 2017. She lives in Cornwall with her partner and their children.

Emily’s Links: WebsiteFacebookTwitterPinterest

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If you would like to purchase this book, you can find it here: Amazon UKAmazon FRAmazon USThe Book DepositoryAudible FRWaterstonesAudible UKBlackwell’sWordery

That’s all for now, I hope you enjoyed this post and will want to pick up this book. See you soon, stay safe,

Ellie xx

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