The Book of Malachi

The Book of Malachi

T.C. Farren


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In this frightening, high-concept science fiction thriller, a mute survivor of civil war must confront the horrors of organ farming on a deep-sea oilrig.

Nominated for the 2020 Nommo Awards for Speculative Fiction by Africans

"Will have you ripping through the pages. Part thriller, part horror, part speculative fiction: this gripping read goes to the heart of ethical quandaries, forcing the reader to ask: "What if it were me?" Sunday Times (SA)

"Sharp and compact but devastatingly poetic. This book packs real power into every page."Charlie Human"Farren has created an extraordinary narrator in Malachi...[An] intense and memorable [read]." SFXc

Malachi, a mute thirty-year-old man, has just received an extraordinary job offer. In exchange for six months as a warden on a top-secret organ-farming project, Raizier Pharmaceuticals will graft Malachi a new tongue. 

So Malachi finds himself on an oilrig among warlords and mass murderers. But are the prisoner-donors as evil as Raizier says? Do they deserve their fate? 

As doubt starts to grow, the stories of the desperate will not be silenced - not even his own. Covertly Malachi comes to know them, even the ones he fears, and he must make a choice - if he wants to save one, he must save them all. And risk everything, including himself.


T.C. Farren:
T.C. Farren is a novelist, prize-winning screenwriter and former journalist from South Africa. Her first novel, Whiplash, was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Fiction Prize and was adapted into the feature film, Tess.