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The Echo Chamber
The Echo Chamber

The Echo Chamber

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FICTION

432 Pages, 5.06 x 7.81

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $17.95 (US $17.95)

Publication Date: September 2022

ISBN 9781529176742

Rights: US

Penguin Random House UK (Sep 2022)
Penguin

Not Yet Published. Estimated release date: September 2022
 

Overview

From the author of The Heart's Invisible Furies and powered with the Boyne's characteristic humor and razor-sharp observation, The Echo Chamber is a satiric helter skelter, a dizzying downward spiral of action and consequence, poised somewhere between farce, absurdity, and oblivion What a thing of wonder a mobile phone is. Six ounces of metal, glass, and plastic, fashioned into a sleek, shiny, precious object. At once, a gateway to other worlds—and a treacherous weapon in the hands of the unwary, the unwitting, the inept. The Cleverley family live a gilded life, little realizing how precarious their privilege is, just one tweet away from disaster. George, the patriarch, is a stalwart of television interviewing, a 'national treasure' (his words), his wife Beverley, a celebrated novelist (although not as celebrated as she would like), and their children, Nelson, Elizabeth, Achilles, various degrees of catastrophe waiting to happen. Together they will go on a journey of discovery through the Hogarthian jungle of the modern living where past presumptions count for nothing and carefully curated reputations can be destroyed in an instant. Along the way they will learn how volatile, how outraged, how unforgiving the world can be when you step from the proscribed path. To err is maybe to be human but to really foul things up you only need a phone.

Reviews

'Funny, rumbustious, unstinting and wonderfully Hogarthian' —The Observer  

'His relish is infectious' —Times  

'The funniest book I've read in ages. Savage but compelling' —Ian Rankin  

'A fearless romp with big laughs along the way' —Graham Norton  

'A comedy of manners and lack of manners ... good fun and cheeky as hell' —Ryan Tubridy  

'A blisteringly funny and razor sharp satire about social media, celebrity and political correctness. I laughed SO much' —Hannah Beckerman

Author Biography

John Boyne is the author of thirteen novels for adults, six for younger readers, and a collection of short stories. His 2006 novel The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas has sold more than 11 million copies worldwide and has been adapted for cinema, theatre, ballet, and opera. His many international bestsellers include The Heart's Invisible Furies and A Ladder to the Sky. He has won three Irish Book Awards, along with a host of other international literary prizes. His novels are published in over fifty languages.