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Sam Byers


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

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9780571360109
Date Published
16.03.2021
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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…

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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