Today I’m going to be talking about something which has no direct connection to miniatures at all, but nonetheless may well be of interest to many of you. Assuming you enjoy dystopian fiction (and if you don’t are you sure 40k is for you?) I’d like to recommend Post Britannia by Janice and Tom Duke. Janice Duke’s work will already be familiar to followers of this blog, having been featured several times in the past (look no further than the banner at the top of the page) but this is a distinctly different beast. Better known as a visual artist this is her first piece of published writing, with her brother Tom making a natural collaborator.
Set a few generations from our own it follows the fall, and rise, of Billy King as he struggles to survive in a poverty-wracked Great Britain. Caught between his status-obsessed peers, his fractured family and a military-governmental complex bent on control by any means Billy finds himself unwillingly transformed from his humble beginnings into something altogether different.
William King is as out of control as the world he lives in. While a hulking, menacing government bureaucracy consolidates its grip on the general populace, stripping rights and twisting bodies and minds with its attempts to tighten control ever increasing toward attaining utter dominance, Billy’s fracturing mind and feral body scrabble for hope and freedom. Abandoned by father and by brother, assailed by the insanity of his frail yet despotic mother and the dog-eat-dog society she reflects, Billy must choose between starvation in the gutter or submission to military might and pray that some part of him survives. As friends die and dreams crumble, will Billy destroy the corporatist war machine that has invaded and reshaped him from the inside out or be consumed by it?
Post-Britannia is now available to purchase as an eBook or, for those who prefer a nice physical book that can also be used to swat flies, prop-up a wonky table or throw at a burglar the paperback edition is available for North American readers directly from CreateSpace and will be available worldwide via Amazon within the next week or so. For those who want to know more take a look at Janice Duke’s own thoughts on the book, or keep up-to-date via the Facebook group.
I’ve proofread several drafts of this book over the years so it’s a huge thrill for me to finally see it in print. If you enjoy a read that’s dark, edgy and at times more than a little strange then this one’s for you.