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The Outlaws Scarlett and     Browne

Scarlett McCain is a shoot-first ask-questions-later kind of outlaw. She scrapes by on bank heists, her wits – and never looking back.

She’s on the run from her latest crime when she comes across Albert Browne. He is the sole survivor of a horrific accident, and against her better judgement, Scarlett agrees to guide him to safety.

This is a mistake. Soon there are men with dogs and guns and explosives hot on their heels. Scarlett’s used to being chased by the law, but this is extreme. It was only a little bank she’d robbed . . .

As they flee together across the wilds, fighting off monstrous beasts, and dodging their pursuers, Scarlett comes to realize that Albert Browne is hiding a terrible secret. And that he may be the most dangerous threat of all.

In this fast-paced, quick-witted whirlwind of a story, Jonathan Stroud introduces two unlikely allies – the outlaws Scarlett and Browne – who are about to become the most notorious renegades in all that’s left of Britain.


US edition available in all formats from March 2023
Ptolemy's Gate
UK paperback available from 1st April 2021


“Perfectly paced, beautifully written and bursting with black humour and bold ideas.”
Philip Reeve, author

“You won't be able to put this down. A classic in the making.”
Eoin Colfer, author

“Imaginative, original, taut and with multi-layered protagonists... A wild ride.”
Jo Cotterill, author

“Stroud's talent for creating astonishing yet utterly believable literary worlds is well known - and this is another triumph.”
Fiona Noble in The Bookseller

“This is a fast-paced fantasy adventure filled with thrills, humour and the most charismatic anti-heroes in teen fiction. It’s a highly anticipated read for 2021, and we’re certain you’ll be gripped throughout and hungry for more adventures by the end.”

“An irresistible juxtaposition of gunslinging Wild West and waterlogged dystopian England… A thrilling adventure in an inventive new world – long live Scarlett and Browne!”
Rebecca Rouillard, librarian and writer

“Fast-paced and gripping, this is an action-packed adventure that is the very thing the YA market is crying out for.”
Bonkers About Books, a mother and son blog


German edition available in all formats from April 2023


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