Ali Millar in conversation with Luke Turner: The Last Days

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Ali Millar discusses her incredible new book about her childhood in the Jehovah's Witnesses and her incredible battle to escape.

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It is 1982 and in the Kingdom Hall we are Jehovah's Witnesses. The state of the world shows us the end is close, and Satan is like a roaring lion, seeking to devour us.

Ali Millar is waiting for Armageddon. Born into the Jehovah's Witnesses in a town in the Scottish Borders, her childhood revolves around regular meetings in the Kingdom Hall, where she is haunted by vivid images of the Second Coming, her mind populated by the bodies that will litter the earth upon Jehovah's return.

In this frightening, cloistered world Ali grows older. As she does, she starts to question the ways of the Witnesses, and their control over the most intimate aspects of her life. As she marries and has a daughter within the religion, she finds herself pulled deeper and deeper into its dark undertow, her mind tormented by one question: is it possible to escape the life you are born into?

A tale of love and darkness, of faith and absolution, The Last Days is an unforgettable memoir of one woman's courageous journey to freedom.

'A coming-of-age story like no other, The Last Days is about finding voice through desire, authentic connection and creative expression. It sings with the strength and bravery it takes to step away from what has defined you, particularly when those you love follow a different truth. A searingly honest memoir.' - Lily Dunn

'I loved this book. It's a thing of beauty. Ali Millar pulls you heart first through an extraordinary life, somehow making sense of an experience that should make no sense at all. A sublime talent.' - David Whitehouse

'I so admired this powerful memoir about Millar's courageous journey to free herself from the ties that bound her. A must for anyone who loved Tara Westover's Educated.' - Caroline Sanderson, The Bookseller

'A beautifully written memoir about how we hide our true selves to fit in. I could not stop turning the pages. Millar's story will resonate with anyone who has felt lost without a voice. Loved it.' - Jodie Chapman, author of Another Life

Luke Turner:

Luke Turner's critically-acclaimed memoir Out of the Woods, a reflection on sexuality, masculinity and the relationship between humans and 'nature' is his first book. Out Of The Woods was shortlisted for the 2019 Wainwright Prize for nature writing, longlisted for the Polari Prize for first book by an LGBT+ writer, and Turner has been selected by Val McDiarmid as one of 10 most important LGBT+ writers for a British Council and National Centre for Writing initiative. In 2019 Turner co-curated a programme of arts events celebrating the landscape and people of Epping Forest as part of Waltham Forest's stint as the first London Borough of Culture. He has participated in exhibitions at the V&A, Hayward Gallery and Serpentine. He is co-founder and editor of The Quietus and writes for a variety of publications including The Guardian, Observer, Vice, Dazed & Confused, National Geographic, NME, and the SomeSuch journal, and as a broadcaster for BBC Radio Three, Four and 6Music. He has appeared on television programmes such as Countryfile and the Big Scottish Book Club.

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