A searing, satirical portrait of a divided England in a connected age – a 1984 for our times.
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE RSL ENCORE PRIZE 2019
LONGLISTED FOR THE RSL ONDAATJE PRIZE 2019
LONGLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE FOR POLITICAL FICTION 2019
In Edmundsbury, a small town in eastern England, fear and loathing are on the rise. Brexit has happened and the ramifications are real.
Grass-roots, right-wing political party ‘England Always’ is fomenting hatred. The residents of a failing housing estate are being cleared from their homes. A multinational tech company is making inroads into the infrastructure.
A controversial tweet; a series of ill-judged think pieces; a riot of opinions – suddenly Edmundsbury is no longer the peaceful town it had always imagined itself to be…
Furiously smart . . . madly funny.
A mordant, needle-sharp satire.
Perfidious Albion is a spookily prescient take on Brexit Britain . . . This is the Black Mirror school of storytelling: take what we know and give it a twist, so the familiar becomes frightening . . . Byers’s observations are sharp and mordantly funny.
Like an episode of Black Mirror as scripted by a “woke” Martin Amis. . . Crackling with zeitgeisty energy. . . Byers makes twisty entertainment out of a timely wake-up call about shiny new technologies and the age-old interests they serve.
Brilliantly ironic, hilarious and profound.
Darkly plausible, witty and intelligent.
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