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"A tour de force." INTERZONE

"Will keep readers turning pages." PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"One of the cleverest stories I've read this year. It's whip-smart, well-paced, deeply satirical and dappled with just anough dark and light to keep the reader riveted."ANNE CUNNINGHAM (IRISH INDEPENDENT, IRISH TIMES, SUNDAY TIMES OF LONDON)

"Amazing. This is also a nomination for our Novel of the Year award. Captivating and timely, with a perfect bittersweet ending." UNDERGROUND BOOK REVIEWS

"Brave New World meets 1984 in this Big Brother masterpiece."SAN FRANCISCO BOOK REVIEW

"A quality piece of work." SFCROWSNEST

We don't know exactly when Literature(R) takes place and we don't know exactly where - all we know is that Philip Marlowe would fit right in.

But we don't get Marlowe. We get Billy Stringer, and Billy is on nobody's trail.

He's the prey.

The day hasn't begun very well for Billy. He just messed up his first big assignment, he's definitely going to be late for work, his girlfriend won't get back to him and, for reason's she has something to do with, he's dressed like a clown.

Also, he's pretty sure someone is going to kill him today. But then, that's an occupational hazard, when you're a terrorist.

He's a bookworm too, which woudn't be a problem - or particularly interesting - except that in Billy's world, fiction is banned. Reading it is what makes him an outlaw.

Why? Because people need to get to work.

It's fight or flight time for Billy and he's made his choice. But he has to see Jane, even if it's for the last time - to explain it all to her, before she finds out what he has become. That means staying alive for a little while.

And the odds are against him...

"Literature(R) speaks to the industrialization of art and also to the link between radicalisation and alienation in consumerist societies. Mainly though, it speaks to our need for great stories. By providing one. There is heart here, and heartache. And, crucially, a chase scene.

"For lovers of Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, Aldous Huxley's Brave New World and George Orwell's 1984 to Raymond Chandler's The Long Goodbye and Philip K Dick's Ubik."NINEVEH EDITIONS

Praise for Literature(R)

"Wonderfully written...a beautifully rendered story, mixing the cynicism and moral ambiguity of classic noir fiction with startling flashes of humour and some disarmingly tender moments." EO HIGGINS, CONVERSATIONS WITH SPIRITS, UNBOUND/PENGUIN

"I was enraptured from the start. A beautifully balanced piece of writing. I love his style." SIÚN O'CONNOR, A RICH INHERITANCE, RTE

"A fascinating book. A neon neo-noir where people are fuelled on a diet of eggs and coffee and nobody sleeps. Fahrenheit 451 but with better jokes." JOHN PATRICK HIGGINS, EVERY DAY I WAKE UP HOPEFUL
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Product details

  • Paperback | 102 pages
  • 127 x 203 x 6mm | 118g
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1987775678
  • 9781987775679
  • 2,237,631

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130 ratings
3.92 out of 5 stars
5 37% (48)
4 29% (38)
3 24% (31)
2 8% (11)
1 2% (2)
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