Publisher: Lightning Books (23 June 2017)

ISBN-13: 978-1-78563-034-7

Product Dimensions: 198 x 129 cm

Time of Lies

Douglas Board


“A milestone in dystopian fictionChris Mullin

In 2020 the United Kingdom elects its own Donald Trump.

Bob Grant, former football hooligan, now the charismatic leader of the Britain’s Great party, has swept to power on a populist tide. With his itchy finger hovering over the nuclear trigger, Bob presides over a brave new Britain where armed drones fill the skies, ex-bankers and foreigners are vilified, and the Millwall football chant ‘No one likes us, we don’t care’ has become an unofficial national anthem.

Meanwhile, Bob’s under-achieving, Guardian-reading brother Zack gets a tap on the shoulder from a shady Whitehall mandarin. A daring plot is afoot to defy the will of the people and unseat the increasingly unstable PM. Can Zack stop his brother before he launches a nuclear strike on Belgium? And just what is ACERBIC, Britain’s most closely-guarded military secret?

A darkly comic political thriller, Time of Lies is also a terrifyingly believable portrait of an alternative Britain. It couldn’t happen here… could it?





“A milestone in dystopian fiction. The first post-Truth, post-Brexit novel. We are destined to hear more of Douglas Board.” 

Chris Mullin, author of A Very British Coup

“My book of the moment: Douglas Board is a truly talented satirist and has our Brexit era nailed."

Matthew d'Ancona, Guardian and Evening Standard columnist

“This post-Brexit satire has you laughing out loud whilst ruthlessly dissecting our troubled times. A funny, exciting and provocative summer read for anyone wanting to reflect on recent political upheavals.”

Wendy Alexander, former leader of the Scottish Labour Party


“A spirited novel”

Financial Times

“There couldn't be a more appropriate time to read this book. Douglas Board manages to create a riveting satire about the British government that's so insightful it's scary. It's both funny and startling to see how close to the bone his writing strikes. Scattered with cultural and popular references, the novel embraces all aspects of Britishness from Coronation Street to Meccano. Board has clearly done his homework and provides a great overview of the state of government and politics. There's a fine line between life and art and, in this tale, the boundaries are certainly blurred when juxtaposed with our present reality.”

Buzz magazine, Book of the Month

“A sharply-focused tale of the worst-case scenario – what would happen if the UK were to elect its own Donald Trump? A satire like this only works if it's plausible – and this one is. If you'd handed me this book the day after the referendum result, I'd have had a hard time believing it was fiction....Time of Lies is a thoughtful, at times slightly zany, look at a future we hope won't come to pass – but has every chance of doing so. Though things haven't quite gotten this chaotic yet, it should serve as a reminder, now more than ever, of the need to stand up and be counted. Don't let others decide your future for you.”

The Bookbag, ****

“I found Time of Lies to be a fast-paced, highly entertaining work of fiction (unless it comes closer to reality than I care to admit). Board managed to keep me on the edge of my seat with a plot that is part James Bond, part dark comedy, part social satire, part political thriller. And there are some truly zany moments that reminded me at times of A Clockwork Orange, Catch-22 and Dr Strangelove… I think we can learn important things from such books, although learning and acting on what we learn are optional…”

The HyperTexts


Douglas Board tells Southwark News why he thinks Millwall and Eton are two sides of a yawning class divide in modern Britain.


Douglas Board

Douglas Board is the author of the campus satire MBA (Lightning Books, 2015), which asked why so much of the business world is Managed By Arseholes. Time of Lies, his second novel, is a timely exploration of the collapse of democracy.

Born in Hong Kong, he has degrees from Cambridge and Harvard and worked for the UK Treasury and then as a headhunter. He has also had a distinguished career in public life, serving as treasurer of the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund and chairing the British Refugee Council.

As well as writing fiction, he is the author of two applied research books on leadership, which was the subject of his doctorate. He is currently a senior visiting fellow at the Cass Business School in London. He and his wife Tricia Sibbons live in London and Johannesburg.

His most recent work is a free-to-download novelette, The Rats: A White House Satire.

Follow him on Twitter @BoardWryter.

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