We are thrilled to announce that Mike French, the owner and senior editor of prestigious literary magazine, The View From Here, has signed a publishing deal with Elsewhen Press for his latest novel Blue Friday. Dystopian science fiction, it tells of a future where many live in fear of the Family Protection Agency, a special police division enforcing the strict legislation that has been introduced to protect the family unit. Combining dark humour with a vision of the future that is almost an inverse of the classic dystopian nightmare of 1984, Mike’s latest novel follows in the tradition of great Speculative Fiction satirists such as Jonathan Swift.
In Blue Friday, overtime for married couples is banned, there is enforced viewing of family television (much of it repeats of old shows from the sixties and seventies), monitored family meal-times and a coming of age where twenty-five year-olds are automatically assigned a spouse by the state computer if they have failed to marry. Only the Overtime Underground network resists.
Al Murray, Managing Publisher of Elsewhen Press said “Mike’s novel is thoughtful, while at the same time prompting a wry smile in the reader. It reverses the usual dystopian vision of a future regime driven by productivity and industrial output at the expense of family, demonstrating that the converse may be no better.”
Mike’s novel Blue Friday will be published by Elsewhen Press in a digital edition in the Summer and in paperback in the Autumn.