Books With A Laugh
This is my third published book which is a late "period piece" set in England at a time when the population was predominantly white. Fred Pike's horrendous dream heralds a future which is more pertinent to the situation today. Those who hark upon 'political correctness' may not approve but it is well worth reading.
Fred Pike had never seen a black man in his life! Born into a solid white working-class family, his England remained a steady, ordered society of rich and poor, lower, middle and upper classes, and everyone knowing his or her place.
For it was an England uncomplicated by the aftermath of another World War. Yet Fred is soon to be shaken out of his complacent acceptance of this order. Already it’s September 1939, and Neville Chamberlain prepares to speak to the nation. On the eve of this historic broadcast, Fred and his wife Alice innocently settle down for the night in their semi-detached East London house. But Fred’s hopes for a restful sleep are shattered by a disturbing dream, the like of which he has never before experienced.
After the war, which to his mind could never equal his unnerving dream, he and Alice begin to pick up the pieces of their lives. But changes taking place in little old England are hardly to Fred’s liking. His second dramatic nightmare, this time featuring Islamic extremism, is just too much for Cockney Fred who cracks under the strain and finally dies, leaving a widow who is content to join him when “The Good Lord” decides. Tony Sharp’s book is funny, politically ‘incorrect’ and ‘subversive’. This tale might well have been the nightmare of more than one, honest Englishman - with a glimpse of the future and its inverted prejudices and struggle for power.
Could this be black humour at its blackest.
Fred Pike looked up from his morning paper, and scowled at the canary cage. What right had the bloody bird to sing so sweetly when the news was so grim? For the headlines had confirmed it -
BLACK BRITAIN IS HERE TO STAY
“The Whites had better watch out,” continued the editorial. “A fast-growing Black Community is already disturbing the equilibrium of sleepy old England. Soon the Asians will move in and take over, working hard to make money while rich Arabs deposit their wealth in special banks in the best areas of London. Churches will be abandoned while stunningly beautiful mosques will rise up and supersede a centuries-old Christian domain. The Monarch will be seriously compromised, and England will surely become a haven for the seriously wicked … Have yourself a drink, for there is nothing you will be allowed to do about it.”
So wrote the brave editor of one of the remaining politically-free newspapers.
Daniel M Harrison, TheGlobalPerspective.Biz
From the author of The House of Baghdad, the cult classic written before September 11th 2001 that predicted an horrific attack on New York via a commercial jet airliner, comes Tony Sharp's highly anticipated novel Lie Back and Think of England.
Lie Back and Think of England is not just a farcical romp through an England with which readers of the Daily Mail will be all too sympathetic, but a surreal sci-fi-esque journey into the political grounds where few authors other than Sharp would dare to tread in this day and age.
The book is divided into two parts. In the first half, Sharp documents the terrifying dream of protagonist Fred Pike, a working class white British male. Fred Pike's "nightmare" involves a post-World War II Britain being overrun by black people to the extent that the island resembles something more akin to today's post-civil war Sierra Leone than anything Anglo Saxon. In the second half, Fred Pike awakes to find that this dream was a glimpse into a future that Sharp eventually uses to set up a tragi-comic twist at the climax of the book.
Lie Back and Think of England is billed as "politically incorrect", though this label doesn't even scratch the surface in describing just how racially charged Sharp's protagonist is, and how offensive some readers may find the content of this book. To many 21st century readers, Sharp's fictional landscape borders on cultural terrorism.
Unlike the majority of political satire today, Lie Back and Think of England doesn't attempt to get any cliché one-liner laughs: instead, Sharp would rather make you reconsider the entire paradigm of modern humor.
Critics of Sharp's work immediately seize on the obviously offensive nature of his narratives, but in doing so they miss the greater point. Through a script-style pace, Tony Sharp is deliberately attempting to construct a universe which gives a voice to an increasingly forgotten Britain, and in doing so he highlights the prohibition of freedom of speech and the absurdity of the modern political world. When understood in that context, Sharp may not be pandering to modern middle-class taste, but his narratives are some of the few refreshing challenges to the increasingly sabotaged debate over freedom of expression.
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