In 2020 Britain elects its own Donald Trump…
Bob Grant, former football hooligan, now the charismatic leader of the Britain s Great party (slogan: Britain s Great! End of!) 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, 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?
My Review: I genuinely don’t know what to say about this book. I agreed to read it weeks ago thinking it would be funny to read something not too dissimilar to current events but since then things have changed so much that it’s tricky now to tell the difference between reality and this book.
It did take me a little while to get into the story but that may be because this is the first type of this book that I’ve read. However once I got used to the writing style it was really engrossing, taking me from one bit of chaos and confusion to another. Every page had more upheaval and change and it left me thinking that if reality soon matches this (which is not impossible) perhaps I should look at emigrating somewhere calmer.
I enjoyed this book, it was out of my comfort zone and definitely worth a read. It made for uncomfortable reading at times but that’s what reading is for, to challenge your ideas and opinions about the world, as well as providing entertainment and escapism.
About the author:
Douglas Board is co-head of Coachmatch Career Management and an honorary senior visiting fellow at Cass Business School, City University London. After growing up in Hong Kong and receiving degrees from Cambridge and Harvard, he has worked for the UK Treasury, as a headhunter, as treasurer of the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund and also chair of the British Refugee Council. He is the author of two books on leadership and one previous novel, MBA.