This book affected me so much I couldn't read the third story the first time I borrowed it from the library. Went back to it from curiosity when I was about 13.

It's called something like 'The Tomorrow Children' but I can't find it ammongst the more recent or more famous other works/media etc that has the same name.

Any ideas? It's three-part device was well structured, with the stories moving from a place near Manchester when the first bombs are dropped, and then the 2nd part is about the immediate aftermath. 3rd part is mutants.

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    Children of the Dust?
    – Valorum
    Jan 5, 2016 at 2:03
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    When were you 13?
    – Valorum
    Jan 5, 2016 at 2:04
  • Oh dear god, I was 13 in 1991... :/ Jan 6, 2016 at 14:49
  • And WOW it was Children of the Dust, thank you sir, I hope you have a ROCKING day! Jan 6, 2016 at 14:50
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    @SakinaMurdock Don't forget to 'accept' Richard's answer as the correct one by clicking on the checkmark! :-)
    – Rand al'Thor
    Jan 6, 2016 at 15:44

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This is "Children of the Dust". Note that this was a stand-alone novel in three sections and not a trilogy:

Children of the Dust is a post-apocalyptic, dystopian novel, written by Louise Lawrence, published in 1985. The book details three generations of a family during the aftermath of a nuclear war. The survivors of the blast suffer through radiation, nuclear winter, feuds between rival groups and radiation-induced mutations, eventually evolving into a new species, Homo superior. The new species has adapted to the loss of the ozone layer and the abundant radiation, and will become the dominant species on the planet.

The book contains three sections, one for each generation. The novel offers some hope that humanity could survive the horrors of war (as an allegory for the current age) in order to form a new world.


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