- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Gollancz; paperback / softback edition (17 April 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0575073861
- ISBN-13: 978-0575073869
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.8 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,054,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Untied Kingdom (GOLLANCZ S.F.) Paperback – 17 Apr 2003
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INTERVIEWS MATRIX (the BSFA magazine) will be running an interview on publication. Interviews are presently running on THE ALIEN ON LINE. An interview appeared with the review in DREAMWATCH. REVIEWS 'This is the first book I've read this year that I can unequivocally recommend to everyone.'VECTOR 'A likable and intelligent novel.'SFREVU.COM 'James Lovegrove has created a seamless blend of social commentary, classic British Quest and near future dystopia that is second to none.'ENIGMA 'Untied Kingdon is a superior and superlative piece of fantasy literature, and will hopefully be followed by many many more from Lovegrove.'DREAMWATCH ' [a] science fiction tour de force'SUNDAY MERCURY THE GUARDIAN will be reviewing Untied Kingdom this weekend. EVENTS James took part in a SF panel at Waterstones Deansgate on 9th April. Another one is due t
An extraordinary, personal vision of a United Kingdom in disarray.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
Alright, yes, it did irk me. Every time the UG was mentioned I wanted to know what had happened. When I closed the back cover, though, I didn't feel disappointed. I felt furious. Furious at Fen, incandescent at Moira (I seethe even now, hands trembling over the keyboard) and furious myself for expecting Hollywood.
These were not merely believable characters. These were people. These were people that, after 200,000 words or so I wanted to meet, to hug, to shake, to deck.
There is a wonderful sense of Englishness in there, as well. Something we've lost under decades of shell suits, GTIs, Spice Girls and Oasis, fatuous "cool Britannia" glitter. Something that perhaps we can rediscover even in the competing glare of politico-patriotism and it's vicious, twisted little sibling, nationalism.
If you are English, married and liberal, you will find United Kingdom a deeply moving read. Fen is my Candide.
This is story of what happens after saftey disappears, when a nation state colapses, how our decisons and roles change and how nature and human nature battle it out. The story is full of great characters, myths and power struggles. It's slightly oddly written in places and you feel it could have done with a final edit, but it does make you think and in a funny way- the rough edges make it all more apt in this dystopia.
I got into the story of post-apocalyptic (sort of) UK very quickly and it was so well described I could "see" the action taking place. "Fen" is so clearly Martin Freeman the author might have written it for him.
The pace was excellent and the ideas flowed - I loved the idea of a train moving mysteriously through the countryside and never quite being seen. I loved the cult of writers - a warning to all of us who ever aspire to such things and I loved the Hippie commune. All in all, highly recommended. Now to try one of the author's Sherlock Holmes novels.
However if you enjoyed this I'd recommend Last Light and After Light by Alex Scarrow, which although still not perfect deal with a similar subject albeit in a less ambiguous way.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent dystopia story about England & the slippery slope we're already on!Published 18 months ago by Baldpagan
The basic premise of this book is interesting, the characters are ok and the idea seems good. But when you close the final cover you are left feeling somewhat dissapointed. Read morePublished on 4 Feb. 2005 by froggy76
I did enjoy this book, its a nice bit of speculative fiction based in near future england. The chareacters are well done and believable. Read morePublished on 17 May 2003 by Mr. Philip Relph