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The End of the World is Flat
The End of the World is Flat

The End of the World is Flat


240 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB

Trade Paper, $15.95 (CA $21.95) (US $15.95)

Publication Date: August 2021

ISBN 9781785632402

Rights: US & CA

Eye Books (Aug 2021)
Lightning Books


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A satirical comedy featuring Christopher Columbus, a tech billionaire, and a global delusion. Mel Winterbourne is the founder of a small, single-issue charity in the obscure field of mapmaking. Its success in achieving modest aims attracts the attention of handsome tech billionaire Joey Talavera, who evicts Mel and hijacks her charity for his own ends: to convince the world that the earth is flat. Although his chances of doing so seem slim, Flat Earthery is an idea whose time has come. With the historical reputation of Christopher Columbus in free-fall, old-style ‘globularism’ becomes heretical for a new generation of angry, anti-Establishment free-thinkers. Teachers, politicians, and celebrities face ruin if they refuse to sign up to the new orthodoxy. For Mel, something must be done. Teaming up with a pariah tabloid journalist and a faded writer of gross-out movie comedies, she sets out to challenge Talavera and his deranged beliefs. Will history and the billionaire’s own family origins be their unexpected ally? Using his trademark mix of history and satire to poke fun at modern foibles, Simon Edge is at his razor-sharp best in a caper that may be much more relevant than you think.


"I laughed so hard I nearly fell in my cauldron. A masterpiece." Julie Bindel

"A bracingly sharp satire on the sleep of reason and the tyranny of twaddle." Francis Wheen

"Animal Farm for the era of gender lunacy, with jokes." Jane Harris, author of Sugar Money

"Skewers the insanity of gender ideology with the wit and brilliance of a modern-day Swift." —Helen Joyce, author of Trans: When Ideology Meets Reality

"This merry romp punctures the idiocy that would turn language and good sense upside down and divide us all into true believers or bigots." Simon Fanshawe

"Very, very funny – and a completely believable account of how this kind of ideology could seep into great institutions." —Gillian Philip

Author Biography

Simon Edge was born in Chester and read philosophy at Cambridge University. He was editor of the pioneering London paper Capital Gay before becoming a gossip columnist on the Evening Standard and then a feature writer on the Daily Express, where he was also a theatre critic for many years. He has an MA in Creative Writing from City University, London, where he also taught literary criticism. He is the author of four novels: The Hopkins Conundrum, longlisted for the Waverton Good Read Award, The Hurtle of Hell, A Right Royal Face-Off, and Anyone for Edmund?