Sam Byers
Perfidious Albion

The Sky Room, MK Gallery

Saturday 21 September, 7pm: £5
Free tickets available for 16 - 25 year olds: click for details



'Byers has a sharp sense of the way the wind is blowing; it’s a cold breeze indeed, and he directs it right down the reader’s neck.' - New Statesman


Sam Byers' work has been translated into multiple languages and his writing has appeared in Granta, The New York Times, The Spectator, and The Times Literary Supplement. His first novel, Idiopathy, was included on the Waterstones 11 list of debut novels, shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Prize and the Desmond Elliot Prize, and won a Betty Trask Award.

His most recent novel, Perfidious Albion - longlisted for the RSL Ondaatje Prize - takes us to Edmundsbury, a small town in England, some time in the recent future. Brexit has happened and is real. Fear and loathing are on the rise. Grass-roots right-wing political party England Always are fomenting hatred. The residents of a failing housing estate are being cleared from their homes. A multinational tech company is making inroads into the infrastructure. Just as the climate seems at its most pressured, masked men begin a series of 'disruptions', threatening to make internet histories public, asking the townspeople what don't you want to share?


Things are changing. No-one is quite who they appear. The future has arrived, and it is not what anyone imagined.

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