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Peterdown: An epic social satire, full of comedy, character and anarchic radicalism

David Annand

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A contemporary debut novel full of warmth, comedy, character and anarchic radicalism. Peterdown is an epic tale about community - our streets and houses, pubs and football clubs, art and architecture. What happens when what's 'ours' becomes 'theirs' - and how we can preserve the things we value and be hopeful in the face of history.

'A book from the psychic fault lines of 21st Century Britain, Peterdown's big ambitions never lose sight of the human and everyday. The result is something simultaneously down to earth and epic' Johny Pitts, author of Afropean

Peterdown, an industrial town with a noble past and a lacklustre present, has been chosen as the regional hub for a soon-to-be-built, ultra-high-speed railway line. The development promises to propel Peterdown headlong into a prosperous future; but in order to get there, something from the landscape of Peterdown's past will have to be demolished. On the shortlist are the Larkspur Hill housing estate, a significant modernist landmark, and the Chapel, the raucous home of the town's football team, Peterdown United. Ellie Ferguson, an architect exiled from London, is as determined to save the Larkspur as her partner, Colin, a lifelong United fan, is desperate to save the Chapel. As they each find themselves leading increasingly passionate and opposing campaigns, their essential differences become hard to ignore.

Out of this spins an epic, wide-angle novel, rich with character and incident. Affairs are embarked upon. Conspiracies are uncovered. A broad-based popular insurgency ignites. Peterdown brings England's beleaguered streetscape to life and finds lurking there a playful and storied counterculture: mad monks and machine breakers, avant-gardists and non-conformists.

Full of warmth, comedy, character and anarchic radicalism, Peterdown is an ambitious tale about work and play, community and place, and how, ultimately, we might live in the face of history.

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Praise for Peterdown: An epic social satire, full of comedy, character and anarchic radicalism

  • A book from the psychic fault lines of 21st Century Britain, Peterdown's big ambitions never lose sight of the human and everyday. The result is something simultaneously down to earth and epic

  • David Annand is a great storyteller who has suddenly arrived in the front rank of contemporary novelists with a book that is witty, touching, loaded with drama and, most crucially, lays bare the cultural and class divisions that run through present-day British society. Along the way, from the Fall to the steak bake at Greggs to football culture, he understands the poetry of everyday life in all its infinite bittersweet detail

  • A captivating parable about how we understand place. . . Annand's narrative speaks volumes about how culture configures our relationship to physical space . . . Peterdown makes for engrossing reading - Hackney Citizen

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David Annand has worked as an editor at Conde Nast Traveller and GQ. He has written for the FT, TLS, Telegraph, Literary Review, the New Statesman and Time Out. Peterdown is his first book.

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