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There is a lot going on here at Manta Press. Our team is growing. Our catalogue is expanding. And we’re discovering some of the best quality fiction we’ve read in a while. With that in mind, we’re excited to introduce you to another emerging voice in dystopian science fiction.


Joseph J. Dowling always knew he would write seriously one day. That moment arrived in 2020, when his thriving hospitality business was temporarily shuttered. With time on his hands, he quickly fell into an obsession and became a keen student of the craft. Since finding the passion, he can't imagine life without stories rattling around his head. Eager to make up for lost time, he's been fairly prolific, and his short stories have appeared in several anthologies and literary magazines. Joseph lives in London with his wife and their Scotty dog. Mandate: THIRTEEN is his first published novel…


“In a world with dwindling birth-rates, all young women must submit to compulsory fertility checks at thirteen. For those able to conceive, a docile existence inside the Birthing Schools beckons—or far worse if they fall into the wrong hands.


When the clandestine Baby Farmers, and their brutal leader Miko, arrive to snatch his daughter, Michael must make a split-second choice: risk his own freedom to protect hers… or lose her forever. For fans of Children of Men, The Handmaid’s Tale, and The Running Man.”


Look for more on this dystopian thrill ride in the weeks and months to come and a release in January 2023.


Pre-order the ebook here...


In the U.K? Pre-order here...


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