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by Niall Bourke

‘Line is a modern parable of the most ambitious kind. A Grapes of Wrath for the age of digital capitalism. Niall Bourke writes with passionate urgency and skilful clarity.’

‘A powerful, discomfiting fable of uncertainty and failure, poetically crafted, politically pointed.’
‘An enthralling work of high imagination and storytelling flair.’


Willard, his mother and his girlfriend Nyla have spent their entire lives in waiting in the Line where daily survival is dictated by the ultimate imperative: obey the rules, or you will lose your place. But everything changes the day Willard’s mother dies and he finds an incomprehensible book hidden among her few belongings…

In its Beckettian sparseness, Line pushes the boundaries of high concept fiction. Deeply moving, it also touches on many of the pressing issues of our turbulent world: migration and the refugee crisis, big data and the erosion of democracy, climate change, colonialism, economic exploitation, social conformity and religious fanaticism.

Line is speculative fiction at its most ambitious, leading the reader on a journey to make sense of a world that is ultimately not so different from our own.

About the Author

Niall Bourke is a south-east London based Irish novelist and poet whose stories and poems have been shortlisted for numerous awards. His latest work, Line,was published by Tramp Press in 2021.

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Weight 0.3 kg
Dimensions 15.4 × 2.5 × 23.4 cm

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