CHARNAS, Suzy Mckee. Walk to the End of the World. London: Victor Gollancz, 1979.
8vo. Original blue cloth, titled in gilt to spine, in original yellow printed dust wrapper; pp. [x], 214; a very good copy with a little fading to the spine.
This harrowing dystopian novel is set in a devastated version of the world in which women are treated like slaves who exist only to produce children by a tyrannical class of men. In that respect, one is almost hard pressed to call this science fiction. The plot involves a trio of men who escape the compound they call home and trek across the radioactive landscape, following the escaped slave Alldera, who believes there is a society of free women out there on the horizon who might lend their aid to her cause. This is the first in the four part series The Holdfast Chronicles which would retroactively win many awards, despite meeting fierce resistance from contemporary publishers for its feminist themes.