Piracies : Or, In a Time of Novichok
Pepyeses Island cannot exist. It appears on no map, is hidden from satellite surveillance and has even slipped outside the Earth's 24 time zones. Yet Dr. Felix Culpepper, one of the world's most in-demand assassins-for-hire (when not teaching classics at St Wygyfortis's College Cambridge), is standing on this imaginary land, while the Governor-General, in plumed helmet, welcomes him in the name of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. For what purpose has the British Establishment hidden this fragment of Empire for 200 years? Does it hold the key to a terrorist plot of unparalleled malevolence? And will Felix be allowed to leave with this knowledge - or his life?
- Paperback | 256 pages
- 156 x 234 x 20mm | 404g
- 28 Jul 2021
- London, United Kingdom
Rarely does an author have so fresh and lush a voice. Major's writing feels wholly new, with the rib-cracking dry humour of Wodehouse, a dash of Waugh, and a Joycean love of the sound of words. You'll want to read lines aloud and I laughed repeatedly over the course of the first few pages. Masterly, fresh, witty, this is a major new voice; Noah Charney, best-selling author of The Art Thief and The Art of Forgery
About Richard Major
Richard Major has degrees in history, literature and theology, and gained a DPhil at Magdalen College, Oxford with a thesis on literary philosophy after the Reformation. He has since taught there and at universities in England, Italy, America, Australia, India and Slovenia and, most recently, Hungary. For some years he worked in New York as a journalist and commentator. He now lives with his wife and two children in Africa.