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Survival is an act of resistance in this near-future sci-fi novel where fascism is resurgent in a post-pandemic world.


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Isolation and community. Restrictions and freedom.

The near future is a militarised state, a fractured continent, and a world in which fascism is resurging following pandemics and climate devastation.

Against this grim backdrop, the characters of Dignity form a deeply diverse resistance movement that brings connection, strength and hope to those who need it most.


This novel can be read on its own or as part of a trilogy, in any order:
Margins & Murmurations
Conserve and Control



  • “No other writer speaks to and for our times as passionately as Otter does.” – Dolly Sen, Disability Arts Online
  • “Dignity is at once a page-turning adventure and also a tender love story about a version of a revolution that will be familiar to anyone who knows what it means to survive against the odds.” – Raechel Anne Jolie, Rust Belt Femme
  • “This is a magical, poetic, and important book.” – Ennis Rook Bashe, Lesfic Bard Award Winner
  • “Lieffe creates a stunning novel in a rich setting that is wonderful whether we are seeking literary catharsis or comfort.” – Cassandra Snow, Queering the Tarot and Queering Your Craft: Witchcraft From the Margins

Book details:
ISBN: 9781909798960
Author: Otter Lieffe
Publisher: Active Distribution
Page count: 302
Format: Flapped paperback
Published: 2020
RRP: £10 / €12

About the Author:
Otter Lieffe is a working class, chronically ill, femme, trans woman and the author of sci-fi and other fiction works.
In 2019 her short story “Synergy” was published in Our Entangled Future, an anthology on social change and the climate crisis. In 2020 she released a colouring zine called Queer Animals, illustrated by Anja Van Geert. Otter’s short story, “Soft”, can be found in Glitter and AShes: Queer Tales of a World That Wouldn’t Die.

A Grassroots community organiser for over two decades, Otter has worked and organised in Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America with a particular focus on the intersection of gender, queerness and environmental struggles.

Since publishing her first novel in 2017, Otter has been building networks to counter the systemic oppressions faced by working-class trans women. In 2018, she helped establish Books Beyond Bars UK, an LGBTQIA prisoner support group in the UK and in 2019 she launched a new organisation, Trans Feminism International, organising to meet the material needs of trans women.
You can find more information here: otterlieffe.com  | transfeminism.net



Weight 501 g