Welcome to my stop on the tour for Line by Niall Bourke. Thank you to Random Things Tours for my spot on the tour. Read on for more info and my review.
‘Line is an extraordinary novel – gripping, unsettling, brilliant.’ Roddy Doyle
Line by Niall Bourke is the first debut novel Tramp Press has published since the award-winning Spill, Simmer, Falter, Wither by Sara Baume in 2015 – and the London-based Irishman’s new book reinforces Tramp’s considerable reputation for unearthing fresh talent and innovative voices.
‘An enthralling work of high imagination and storytelling flair’ Donal Ryan
Willard, his mother and his girlfriend Nyla have spent their entire lives in an endless procession,
where daily survival is dictated by the ultimate imperative: obey the rules, or lose your place in
the Line. Everything changes the day Willard’s mother dies and he finds a book hidden among
her few belongings.
Line pushes the boundaries of speculative, high-concept fiction. Deeply moving, it also touches on many of the pressing issues of our turbulent world: migration and the refugee criss, big data and the erosion of democracy, climate change, colonialism, economic exploitation, social conformity, and religious fanaticism.
‘Line is a modern parable of the most ambitious kind. A Grapes of Wrath for the age of digital capitalism. Bourke writes with passionate urgency and skilful clarity.’ Rónán Hession
The blurb for Line by Niall Bourke drew me in, and made me really excited to read this. I’m happy to say, I wasn’t disappointed! A cautionary tale for modern society that hit pretty close to reality.
This is a very interesting concept. Waiting in a line with no real knowledge of what you’re waiting for. While this does seem to be a scifi/dystopian work, the ideas of the book are much closer to reality. It’s unsettling and intriguing.
The writing is intelligent and confrtonts the idea that if we just follow.indly, we risk unexpected consequences. Really thought-provoking.
If you’re after something that will make you think, The Line, is the book for you.
I received a free copy of this book from Random Things Tours to review honestly on the blog tour. All opinions are my own and unbiased.*
Niall Bourke is a writer and a teacher. His work has been published widely in magazines and journals in Ireland and the UK, and his poems and stories have been short-listed for numerous awards, including the Costa Short Story Award and the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award. He lives in South London with his partner, his daughter and his cat.
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