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Come Join Our Disease

Come Join Our Disease

ISBN
9780571360086
Published
18/03/2021
9780571360086
Format
Hardback
Price
£16.99
Paperback
368

About the Book

* 'Exceptional...' Observer * 'Unforgettable...' TLS * 'Outstanding...' Irish Times *

The new novel from the author of Perfidious Albiona darkly comic and profoundly affecting novel about resistance, radicalism and redemption.

'A poignant story of friendship and isolation, of human connections made and lost...' Guardian

Maya is homeless. When her site is razed by ruthless authorities, she’s detained. But then, Maya is given a lifeline; a chance to re-enter society again. A tech company – angling to raise its philanthropic profile – offers her a job and a flat. There’s one caveat: Maya must document her inspiring progress on Instagram to show that anyone can be productive; perfect.

Yet Maya realises that sickness is a kind of revolution. With other outcasts, Maya starts a movement: billboards promoting wellness are defaced all over London and her media feed is flooded with obscene, filthy images. Suddenly, questions arise about the forces unleashed: liberation and madness, protest and anarchy, rebellion and chaos…

'Sam Byers’s mastery of tone and attentiveness to every psychological shift confirms him as one of the most accomplished novelists of his generation.' Sunday Times

* 'Exceptional...' Observer * 'Unforgettable...' TLS * 'Outstanding...' Irish Times *The new novel from the author of Perfidious Albion—a darkly comic and profoundly affecting novel about resistance, radicalism and redemption.'A poignant story of friendship and isolation, of human connections made and lost...' GuardianMaya is homeless. When her site is razed by ruthless authorities, she’s detained. But then, Maya is given a lifeline; a chance to re-enter society again. A tech company – angling to raise its philanthropic profile – offers her a job and a flat. There’s one caveat: Maya must document her inspiring progress on Instagram to show that anyone can be productive; perfect.Yet Maya realises that sickness is a kind of revolution. With other outcasts, Maya starts a movement: billboards promoting wellness are defaced all over London and her media feed is flooded with obscene, filthy images. Suddenly, questions arise about the forces unleashed: liberation and madness, protest and anarchy, rebellion and chaos…'Sam Byers’s mastery of tone and attentiveness to every psychological shift confirms him as one of the most accomplished novelists of his generation.' Sunday Times
  • Sam Byers

    Sam Byers' writing has appeared in Granta, the New York Times and the Times Literary Supplement. His debut novel Idiopathy was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Prize and the Desmond Elliott Prize and was the winner of a Betty Trask Award. His second novel, Perfidious Albion was longlisted for the RSL Ondaatje Prize and the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction, and shortlisted for the Encore Prize.

    Photo credit: Zakia Uddin

“A deeply admirable achievement, a novel that sets out to do something incredibly risky and sees it through, diving deep into the foetid swamp and breaking through to the other side… Come Join Our Disease is so bold and interesting that I can imagine it becoming a cult classic, but even saying this dismisses it to the realms of something trendy and niche. Byers’s mastery of tone and attentiveness to every psychological shift confirms him as one of the most accomplished novelists of his generation. The world he creates is so fully realised that anything you read afterwards feels a bit half-hearted. Less than 20 pages from the end a meditation on human disintegration — and the love that can arise from sharing in one another’s decay — moved me to tears. It felt piercingly wise and, dare I say it, beautiful.”
- Johanna Thomas-Corr, Sunday Times
“A blistering critique of 21st-century life. By turns unnerving, disgusting and enthralling, the novel exposes the limits of radicalism, & the alienation inevitable in a society where even altruism has become a commodity.”
- Financial Times

Books by this Author

Perfidious Albion

Perfidious Albion

Sam Byers