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Speak for England by James Hawes
  

Speak for England

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This fantastic comic novel centres on a contestant in the ultimate reality TV show who, abandoned in the jungle, happens upon a lost world based on the values of 1950s Britain. Donât miss it!

If you like James Hawes you might also like to read books by Ian Sansom, Andrey Kurkov and Patrick Quinlan.

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Speak for England by James Hawes

James Hawes' wonderful new novel begins with its protagonist Brian Marley, a divorced, ineffectual teacher, all alone in a jungle about to die live on television. A reluctant contestant on Brit Pluck, Green Hell, Seven Figures, the ultimate reality TV show, Marley has somehow managed to outlive his rivals and win two million quid. Except that the helicopter sent to bring him back to civilization has crashed, and he's on his own, with a portable camera, at the foot of a monstrously tall cliff. He has no option but to start climbing... To his astonishment, Marley doesn't die, although the world he finds at the top of that cliff is remarkably like an Englishman's version of heaven. T here's cricket and rugger, the Union Jack, plucky boys, pretty girls, a tough but fair headmaster - an entire miniature civilization created by the surviving passengers from Comet IV, an airliner which vanished in 1958 carrying a jolly gang of youngsters to a public schools jamboree in Australia. Believing that they were one of the first casualties of World War III, they have survived in their jungle fastness for nearly fifty years, sustained by the Book of Common Prayer and good old English values. Hawes' telling of this tale is as tellingly funny as anything he has ever written, but when Brian's rescuers do find him at last, when the world of the Daily Star confronts that of the Eagle, when the Prime Minister, spotting an opportunity for a sound-bite, meets the Headmaster, the novel shifts gear into a glorious satire worthy of Evelyn Waugh.

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The situation is not looking great for Brian Marley. Even before the helicopter crash that left him alone in the 'vilest jungle on earth
things weren

't particularly good, but now all he has for company are gigantic crocodiles, worryingly thick snakes and a smorgasbord of exotic insects. On the upside, he's the sole survivor of 'Brit Pluck, Green Hell, Two Million,'
the ultimate reality TV show. Things really couldn

't get any more interesting, but an attempted escape leads to a fall, and our hapless hero awakes in what appears to be an exact replica of Middle England in the 1950s. Except it's in the jungle. James Hawes'
latest offering

- his fifth novel - continues his winning run. His well-honed wit hits all the chosen targets, from the increasing desperation of the phenomenon that is Reality TV to the media, politicians and the overall state of modern England. A genuine ripping yarn! (Kirkus UK)


About the Author

James Hawes
James Hawes is the author of the best-selling A White Merc with Fins, Rancid Aluminium and Dead Long Enough, and was described by the Observer as 'the funniest British novelist writing today'.

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Publication date

6th January 2005

Author

James Hawes

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Publisher

Cape

Format

Hardback
224 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Books for the Boys
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780224073028

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