Publisher: Lightning Books (23 June 2017)
Product Dimensions: 198 x 129 cm
“A milestone in dystopian fiction” – Chris 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’
‘My book of the moment: Douglas Board is a truly talented satirist and has our Brexit era nailed’
‘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’
‘There couldn’t be a more appropriate time to read this riveting satire that's so insightful it's scary. It's both funny and startling to see how close to the bone Board’s writing strikes’
‘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. 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’
‘This no-holds-barred satire is a wonderfully comic read that has you roaring with laughter throughout’
‘If you’ve taken any interest in the current political upheaval, this book will either make you laugh or cry’
‘A fast-paced, highly entertaining work of fiction (unless it comes closer to reality than I care to admit) with a plot that is part James Bond, part dark comedy, part social satire, part political thriller’
‘Board appears ahead of his time: he sails very close to reality and truth’
‘A scathing satire on British and world politics. Board perfectly captures a country in crisis with humour and scary prescience’
‘A very timely read as the Brexit insanity endures – Time of Lies is clever political satire and seems all too worryingly possible’
‘Board works in a way that isn’t necessarily funny ‘haha’ but funny ‘oh shit’...He injects humour into a scary world. What’s not to love?’
‘This was out of my comfort zone and well worth a read’
Douglas Board tells Southwark News why he thinks Millwall and Eton are two sides of a yawning class divide in modern Britain.