Chernobyl Privileges, The

Chernobyl Privileges, The

What is the half-life of a secret? The Chernobyl Privileges is a searing psychological drama that depicts the traumatic experience of surviving disaster.

  • Paperback £13.99 || $19.95Mar 29, 2019
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What is the half-life of a secret?

Arriving at midlife with a string of failed jobs behind him, Anthony Fahey knows he’s lucky to be given a last chance as a radiation monitor at Her Majesty's Naval Base Clyde, where Britain’s Trident nuclear weapons are kept.

Already struggling to keep his marriage together after the death of his wife’s father, Anthony finds himself at the centre of an emergency when an accident on a Trident submarine throws the base into crisis.

But as the situation worsens old memories and buried secrets from his childhood reach into the present, and Anthony begins to understand that it isn’t only radiation that has a half-life.

Inspired by real events, The Chernobyl Privileges is a searing psychological drama that depicts the traumatic experience of surviving disaster. Both heart-warming and tragic, it explores the consequences of decisions we are forced to make and that shape our lives.

"...a compelling, well-wrought and sharply intelligent book."
Nicholas Royle, author of novel An English Guide to Birdwatching


This atmospheric novel introduces a powerful new voice in British fiction. I was gripped by Lockwood's tale which brings together the personal and political, the spectre of Chernobyl and the continuing controversy of Britain's nuclear deterrent. A haunting message for our uncertain times. ~ Andrew Crumey, Booker-longlisted author of Mr Mee

The Chernobyl Privileges is a compelling, well-wrought and sharply intelligent book. In haunting and thought-provoking ways, it draws the reader into a complex understanding of what connects the Chernobyl disaster in 1986 to the UK today and the future of Europe. ~ Nicholas Royle, author of novel An English Guide to Birdwatching

A tight thriller for the modern age that entertains as easily as it provokes. ~ Thomas Hocknell, author of The Life Assistance Agency

This is a well-researched and thoughtful book on a contemporary theme - the use of nuclear power. The central character, Anthony, is a scientist working at the submarine base in Gare Loch, Scotland when a nuclear incident occurs. He is caught up in the dilemma of how to deal with a possible cover up. However, there's a terrible extra dimension to Anthony's predicament which is gradually revealed through flashbacks. The author skilfully racks up the tension of this nightmare scenario before bringing it to a resolution. ~ Liz MacRae Shaw, author of No Safe Anchorage

A great read. And a fabulous idea to combine old and new, Chernobyl and Trident. What an interesting and gripping story. ~ Adam Strange, Sphere Publishing

An exceptional piece of writing ... What extraordinary detail and characterisation; I was gripped by so much of it. ~ Jemima Hunt, The Writers' Practice

Alex Lockwood
Alex Lockwood Alex Lockwood is a writer and scholar living in the North of England. A former international journalist reporting from Albania to Zambia, he...
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