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The Transition by Luke Kennard
  

The Transition

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The Desmond Elliott Longlist 2017Longlisted 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

Synopsis

The Transition by Luke Kennard

Karl has let his debts get wildly out of control and, in desperation, has sort of semi-accidentally committed credit-card fraud. Now he could have to go to prison, so when he and his wife Genevieve are instead offered a place on a mysterious self-improvement scheme called The Transition, they agree. It's only six months, after all, and at first all it requires is that they give up their credit cards and move into the spare room of their `mentors', Janna and Stu, who seem perfectly lovely . . .

Reviews

`The sort of book that cuts you off from your family and has you walking blindly through seven lanes of traffic with your face pressed obliviously to the page' The Times

`A total page-turner' Nathan Filer , author of The Shock of the Fall

`The sort of book that has you walking blindly through seven lanes of traffic with your face pressed obliviously to the page' The Times

`Very funny, compassionate and scathing. Just the ticket for fans of Jonathan Coe' Laline Paull, author of The Bees

`Richly enjoyable, tenderly devastating' Guardian







`Richly enjoyable . . . what really makes this novel stand out is not the Black Mirror-style black comedy but the tenderly devastating portrait of mental illness. The dystopia turns out to be a love story after all
Guardian









`Very funny, compassionate and scathing. Just the ticket for fans of Jonathan Coe
Laline Paull









`Terrific. Clever and funny and a total page-turner to boot
Nathan Filer









'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









`Completely gripping - a unique idea executed with verve, confidence and razor sharp wit
Isy Suttie









`Black Mirror with a lighter touch. A day-after-tomorrow novel that defines a generation
Matthew De Abaitua, author of The Red Men

About the Author

Luke Kennard

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 Kennard

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Publication date

7th September 2017

Author

Luke Kennard

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Publisher

Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
336 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
All Shortlists and Winners
Family Drama
Relationship Stories
eBook Favourites

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Science fiction

ISBN

9780008200459

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