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Perfidious Albion

Sam Byers

A searing, satirical portrait of a divided England in a connected age – a 1984 for our times.

10 in stock

£8.99
Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571336302
Date Published
07.03.2019
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Summary

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…

Critic Reviews

Furiously smart . . . madly funny.

Guardian
Critic Reviews

A mordant, needle-sharp satire.

Jonathan Coe
Critic Reviews

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.

Erica Wagner, New Statesman
Critic Reviews

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.

Observer
Critic Reviews

Brilliantly ironic, hilarious and profound.

Joanna Kavenna, White Review 'Books of the Year'
Critic Reviews

Darkly plausible, witty and intelligent.

Financial Times
SamByers

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, longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize and 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…

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