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“An excellent read. Had tears in my eyes.”

Post-truth and true adventure from Lightning/Eye Books

The time is ripe for a novel about the limitations of the 3,000-year-old experiment called democracy, and of demagogic leaders whose popularity owes more to outrageous stunts and claims, than to robust policies produced by so-called experts. It is no longer just the Islamic State that is prefaced by a sneering “so-called”.

So, Douglas Board offers Time of Lies, a biting satirical novel that imagines the political landscape of the UK in 2020. Funny, thought-provoking and worryingly believable.

Rest assured, however, that our other forthcoming books still adhere to the conventions of Truth Britain:

Simon Edge’s The Hopkins Conundrum deals very truly with the life of Gerard Manley Hopkins and the back-story to his most famous poem, The Wreck of the Deutschland.

Jules Mountain’s gripping account of his ascent of Everest, thwarted by the disastrous 2015 earthquake, is truthfully recounted in Aftershock.

And Michael Dobbs-Higginson: global adventurer, Buddhist monk, banker, and descendant of a Lord Mayor of London and a notorious pirate. His scarcely credible story is told in A Raindrop in the Ocean, and it is all true!

...To name but a few. Please browse below for more.

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A Raindrop in the Bookseller
Another week, another Eye Books title flagged up in The Bookseller as one to watch out for in May. This time it's A Raindrop In The Ocean, Michael Dobbs-Higginson's account of his extraordinary life as a global adventurer. Having lived the life that Walter Mitty dreamed of living, he tells his tales of drug-smuggling, bed-hopping and buccaneering business deals with a raconteur’s panache, while expounding a religious philosophy honed over thousands of years in the East. We're very proud to publish it on 7 May.
The Bookseller tips Hopkins
We're delighted that The Hopkins Conundrum, Simon Edge's tragic comedy about Gerard Manley Hopkins and the nuns who inspired his poem The Wreck of the Deutschland, has been named as one of The Bookseller's literary novels to watch out for in May.
John Hurt on All Will Be Well
John Hurt was gracious enough to read and endorse one of our books. He described Michael Meegan's All Will Be Well as "powerful, disturbing and beautiful", adjectives which could be applied to much of his own work. RIP.
Notes from the French Countryside
Heron hunting with a clumsy collie
Close encounters of the prescient kind
Setting a political novel in the near future can be like trying to photograph a basketball game with a Box brownie, says Brexit novelist Douglas Board. What you need is a worthwhile view on what is going on deep down.
The Gambia crisis
Simon Fenton's adopted home in Senegal is just across the river from troubled Gambia. He explains how it all looks from the Little Baobab