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Publisher: Lightning Books

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

Product Dimensions: 198 x 129 cm

Time of Lies

Douglas Board

£8.99 AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE: 16th June 2017

A biting satirical novel that imagines the political landscape of the UK in 2020. Funny, thought-provoking and worryingly believable.

Post-Brexit, post-fact Britain needs a new kind of Prime Minister. In 2020 it gets one: Bob Grant. As smart as he is uneducated, Bob will put bankers in prison, get young people out of debt and keep foreigners where they belong. Who needs stuffy old laws and traditions? The country is half delighted, half horrified. The ruling class – particularly Patrick Smath, the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Defence – is determined to act, before Bob does something crazy like threaten a European capital with nuclear destruction. Patrick is a whip-sharp twenty-first century Etonian. Zack, Bob’s Guardian-reading brother, is a barely-in-work actor about to sink into alcoholic depression. Zack’s wife, Kathy, is a late-rising star in the Navy who struggles to see her own talents. Both of them are about to collide with Bob, Patrick and a shocking defence secret, kept buried by every Prime Minister since 1994. At stake: the future of democracy.

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Douglas Board is in "the vanguard of Brexit fiction", says The Guardian

"June will also see Douglas Board’s political thriller Time of Lies. Set against the 2020 general election, a monstrous rightwing demagogue with a hardcore following of violent young thugs stages an anti-elite coup to win. Likened to Jonathan Franzen and Dave Eggers, Board tackles the response of liberals and the establishment to a populist power grab."

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ABOUT

Douglas Board

Douglas Board is the author of the campus satire MBA, also published by Lightning Books, 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.

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