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Come Join Our Disease

Sam Byers

From the author of Perfidious Albion, a darkly comic and profoundly affecting novel about resistance, radicalism and redemption.

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£16.99
Format
Hardback
ISBN
9780571360086
Date Published
18.03.2021
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Summary

SHORTLISTED FOR THE GORDON BURN PRIZE 2021

* ‘Exceptional…’
Observer * ‘Unforgettable…’ TLS * ‘Outstanding…’ Irish Times *

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

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

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

Critic Reviews

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
Critic Reviews

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
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A clever novel of ideas sustained by some memorably gross-out bits as well as sharp class politics, it resembles a feminist Lord Of The Flies for the wellness era.

Metro
Critic Reviews

Politically astute, endlessly quotable and highly visual... [Sam Byers] can write, is one smart cookie, and Come Join Our Disease is quite outstanding.

Irish Times
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Byers is a keen and effective stylist, and he’s superbly astute about the complex shifts and negotiations between his characters... For amid the lurid colour and the grand theatrical gestures is a poignant story of friendship and isolation, of human connections made and lost. There is something interesting growing in all that filth.

Guardian
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The faddish desires and moral certainties of modern life are dealt a hefty blow in this bold, unflinching novel…(a) disturbingly, exceptional novel.

Observer
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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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