Nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award 2013 & launched at the sci-fi convention Novacon 42
Blue Friday is the second in the Dandelion Trilogy.
Blue Friday is set in a dystopian society in the future where working hours are strictly controlled by the government: if you're married and work outside the hours of 9 to 5 you're punished: if you're lucky by Enforcment agents if not by the Family Protection Agency (FPA)- who will probably kill you. There is enforced viewing of family television, monitored family meals times and a coming of age where people reaching the age of twenty-five are married by the state computer if they have failed to marry. The novel follows Leviticus, the leader of the Underground Overtime Network who fights for the right for people to choose when they can work.
"Great satire on the modern obsession with a work /life balance." Juxtabook
"A whizz of a slick, smooth read satirising the modern quest for the work-life balance with real finesse ... a well executed ballroom dance, light (in the most positive sense), well directed, sharp and elegant." Juxtabook
"This clever, beautifully written story takes the notion of “family friendly working hours” and follows the idea to a terrifying conclusion." The Compulsive Reader
"A great mix of humour and sinister 'what if's'." Writer's Little Helper
"A rare and rattling good read - from the Kafkaesque duo of Brittle and Stone to the innocent boy Faron, these characters get under your skin and into the deep dark recesses of your mind. Surreal, fast, witty, satirical and brutal. All a dystopia fan could wish for!" Author Frances K Brown
"Breathtaking, dystopian, nightmarish and sometimes downright scary. George Orwell for the 21st century." Author & Poet George Polley
"Witty with the wry humour that only satire can impart and all readers will find some resonance in it. Go along for the ride and enjoy the experience."SFcrowsnest
"Clever, shocking and darkly humorous.” Risingshadow
"One of those books that stays with you for a while.” BookLore
"A clever, amusing and thought-provoking satire." Lizzy’s Literary Life