Fiction

On the Cusp by David Buckingham

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A NEW NOVEL ABOUT THE STATE OF LONDON TODAY

Jeff is London’s New Labour mayor, a self-made man of the people, who runs a smooth PR machine. Unfortunately for single parent Carol and her teenage children Michael and Nathan, Jeff’s vision for a rejuvenated East London means that they are about to be kicked out of their home. And for their neighbour Susan, the imminent eviction is the last straw. Fates are sealed, and protest seems to fall on deaf ears. But campaigning journalist Dan is convinced that Jeff’s relationship with the development company is not all that it seems, and he’s determined to uncover the truth…

East London is on the cusp of change. After decades of decline, creative industries and technology companies are moving in, and luxury apartment complexes are being built for overseas investors. There is strong political support for these changes, but also much resistance from campaigners and local residents. ON THE CUSP follows a disparate group of characters as they struggle to engage with the consequences of urban development – the mayor’s spin doctor, the property developer and his enforcer, the hipster landlord, the teenage computer hacker, the anarchist protesters, the cool digital executive, and others. This entertaining novel presents a multi-layered story of shady property dealings, political corruption, resistance and revenge. Combining sharp satire with a fast-moving narrative, it is bang up to date.

Amazon reviewers say:
… amusing, poignant, and sobering … witty and incisive …
… behind the racy and engaging surface of this novel, Buckingham cleverly illustrates how monstrous forces of avarice, vanity and sleaze can co-opt urban cultural trends … I couldn’t put it down and I’m still thinking about it…
… the first book I have read which spells out in graphic detail where we are all heading. From the start I was gripped by the scenario and the huge cast of well-drawn characters …
… think John Lanchester’s Capital but in the context of the age-old practice of displacing the poor to make way for the rich …
… a gripping read. The characters are engaging, multi-faceted and flawed rather than one-dimensional. The storyline draws you and keeps you turning pages at a fast pace …

Published by Mordant Books, London – ISBN 978-0-9933285-1-0

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