Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2017.
A fabulous premise, step inside, and a bold, captivating read awaits. Set at some point in the future, not too far away, sits The Transition, an alternative to prison, and a one stop shop to fix all your problems… you just need to allow The Transition to run your life for six months. This is clever writing, I found myself slowly sliding from known to unknown; so much connects to the here and now, it almost comes as a shock when Luke Kennard flings little snippets of the future towards you. Surprising traps were set in place, and as my mind stumbled, I questioned, probed, considered. Relationships sit at the heart of this story, as they are tested to the limit and the story becomes progressively darker, the ending leaves certain threads deliberately unexplored. ’The Transition’ startles and shocks, what a wonderfully arresting and impressive read this is. ~ Liz Robinson
Freed from your financial responsibilities, you will be coached through the key areas of the scheme - Employment, Nutrition, Responsibility, Relationship, Finances and Self-Respect - until you are ready to be reintegrated into adult society.
'That a dark technological dystopia should emanate from the suburban home of a charming and progressive middle-aged couple who love kite boarding and balanced political discourse at breakfast now seems inevitable. Luke Kennard's brilliant first novel offers a fresh, funny and gripping vision of the near-future that rings frighteningly true'
Joe Dunthorne, author of Submarine
'Disquieting and witty but with such tenderness at its core that it's often heart-stopping. Gorgeous stuff. I devoured it' Lisa McInerney, author of The Glorious Heresies
'Extremely smart and extremely funny, Luke Kennard's first novel is a brilliant dismantling of our corporatized century. It also features one of the most endearingly hapless heroes since Lucky Jim. In a world where everything real has been outsourced if it can't be demolished, a book like The Transition is not just a ray of light - it's utterly vital' Paul Murray, author of Skippy Dies
'Essential reading for generation rent. Funny, necessary and all too close to the bone'
Jenn Ashworth, author of The Friday Gospels
'Black Mirror with a lighter touch. A day-after-tomorrow novel that defines a generation'
Matthew De Abaitua, author of The Red Men
Publication date: 26/01/2017
Publisher: Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||26th January 2017|
|Publisher:||Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Genres:||Family Drama, Literary Fiction, Relationship Stories,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Science fiction,|
Luke Kennard is the author of five collections of poetry. He won an Eric Gregory Award in 2005 and was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection in 2007. He lectures at the University of Birmingham. In 2014 he was selected by the Poetry Book Society as one of the Next Generation Poets. His latest poetry book, Cain, was published by Penned in the Margins in June 2016. The Transition is his first novel. Author photo © Jacob KennardMore About Luke Kennard