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2028 : ... and Australia has gone to hell in a handbasket - Ken Saunders


... and Australia has gone to hell in a handbasket

Paperback Published: 29th August 2018
ISBN: 9781760631062
Number Of Pages: 320

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Move over Shaun Micallef ... a work of comic genius that takes the mickey out of anything and everything to do with Australian politics.

2028. Prime Minister Fitzwilliams' instincts tell him it's time to call a snap election. His cabinet team is adequate (just), the howling protests of the doctors after the GP changes has finally died down and, best of all, the Australian Greens are in receivership. So what could possibly go wrong?

The PM is prepared for everything until he finds himself facing what he least expected - an actual opposition. How do you deal with a party that doesn't play by the rules, protests in the nude, sends mail by carrier pigeon and has a list of candidates all called Ned Ludd?

Welcome to the Australia of 2028 where parking meters double as poker machines, radio shock jocks have been automated, the Communist Party of China has turned itself into a multinational corporation and ASIO's glory days are so far over that it's resorting to surveillance of a Charles Dickens reading group.

Outrageous, sharp and wickedly funny, 2028 takes us into the near future where the not very good ideas around today have become ten years worse.

About the Author

Ken Saunders has lived in Canada, New Zealand and Australia. He has won several Australian and Canadian short-story prizes. He lives in Sydney with his wife Laurie, his daughter having scarpered off to Montreal where the rents are much cheaper. His cat, Cassandra, died last year, so needs no mention here. This is his first novel.

Industry Reviews

"I've found the Australian Douglas Adams!" --Tom Gleeson
"Hilarious." --Wendy Harmer
"It's awesome." --H.G. Nelson
"Absurdly funny." --Sami Shah
"Highly amusing." --John Doyle
"The revolution is coming." --Cathy Wilcox
"Fizzing with ideas." --Dominic Knight

Amusing but not great literarure


The satirical writing is very clever, and in my view not cynical, in that it is probably not far from how things actually will be, in 2028. However, I saw many of the human subjects in the book as very little more than caricatures, i.e. they don't come across as real or complete people. The author 'gets' the humdrum and falseness of politics, and this is reflected in the general tone. It perhaps partly explains why I didn't find the book to be exciting. I am certainly not saying 'don't read this book', as opposed, perhaps, to 'don't expect too much of this book'.



Brilliant read - lots of fun and thought provoking


Lots of fun reading. Thought provoking too.



insightful, topical and utterly hilarious


2028 is the first novel by Australian author, Ken Saunders. It's early 2028 and Coalition Prime Minister Adrian Fitzsimmons feels the time is right to call an election. His main opposition, the Labour Party is in disarray and the Greens are non-players, being in receivership, so the PM feels confident of an easy win to take him into a fourth term. But then the ASIO chief turns up with some disturbing news: two demonstrations are scheduled to happen at Parliament House exactly when the PM plans to announce the election. Members of the Luddite Party will gather nude. Almost ten years ago, two thousand eight hundred and eighty-seven Australian citizens changed their names by deed poll to Ned Ludd, and formed a political party. Careful surveillance has revealed that, apart from an annual movie night, they have since not registered a single blip on the political radar. Until now. Saunders takes Australia as we now know it and progresses things just a few steps further, thus keeping it wholly believable: Australia Post no longer delivers letters (they barely do now, so that's hardly a stretch) while their parcel drones multi-task; today's beleaguered GPs are gone, replaced by automation; political parties have gone corporate in a big way; and reality TV has conquered the final frontier, outer space. As he lets loose his fertile imagination on things as diverse as parking meters, radio shock jocks, TV news reporting, opinion pollsters and their focus groups, driverless cards, tax reform, special days and their associated ribbons, and the naming of Government Ministries, the comparison to Douglas Adams indeed appears valid. The plot is definitely not too far-fetched, and the humour is relentless. Saunders has the Labour leader kicking AFL goals for their campaign; the Luddites' clever tactics see the major parties groaning in dismay at favourable polls; a gasped "We're Luddites...and we're together!" constitutes sex talk; and you may never look at your local Asian




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ISBN: 9781760631062
ISBN-10: 176063106X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 29th August 2018
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3

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