Tim Etchells

Endland

Kings, lords, liars, goal-hangers, killers, psychics and prostitutes. Whether or not these stories bear any relation to life as it is actual lived in Endland (sic) is not my problem and good riddance to all those what prefer to read about truly good, lucky and nice people – you won’t like this crap at all.

A series of cautionary tales for our digital age, Endland is comical and brutal, set in strangely familiar locations that at times seem like Thatcher-era Northern towns under military rule or post-Brexit council estates after a Farage party bender. And things are leaking into Endland from all over the place. Nothing is stable. Now is also then and next year, a landscape that is future and medieval at the same time. What’s more, the gods have started drinking at lunchtime, which can only lead to trouble. In narratives working a bit like poetry or cartoons, in empty tower blocks, midnight diners and bomb-site cities, Endland is a dysfunctional mirror of England.

The world fashioned by Thatcher, Google, IFOR, ICANN, Brexit, Big Brother, Bin Laden and Trump needs new tools to navigate it. These grotesque stories are close to the bone, and help get close to the heart of the times we are living in.

Paperback: £11.99
Ebook: £6.99

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  • With an introduction by Jarvis Cocker.
  • Tim Etchells is the leader of the ground-breaking, world-renowned Sheffield performance group Forced Entertainment, whose prizes include the 2016 International Ibsen Award.
  • If you had subscribed to And Other Stories before 16 April 2019, you will receive your copy of Endland – in which all subscribers are thanked by name – in September, before its official publication, as well us up to five other And Other Stories titles per year. Find out about subscribing to upcoming titles here.
  • Read interviews with Tim Etchells about his work from Corridor 8 and Inigo Art.
Print status: Upcoming
Author: Tim Etchells
Original language: English
Format: B-Format Paperback with Flaps
Publication date (UK): 19 November 2019
Publication date (US): 12 May 2020
ISBN: 9781911508700
Ebook ISBN: 9781911508717
Availability: World English
Number of pages: 352

Reviews

Deborah Levy

‘Etchells is one of the few writers on the front line of British avant-garde theatre who made a tough, eloquent, emotional new language of ideas about class, human fragility, lust, embarrassment and a good night out. He is a legend.’

Ian Sinclair

‘It insists on being read, at once, and probably out loud.’


Praise for the 1999 collection Endland Stories

‘Surreal, compulsive… probably the most original and unsettling read you’re likely to have this year.’ The Big Issue

‘The scenery is taken straight from a low-budget Blade Runner… brilliantly welds together archaic language with computer-speak to create a funny, caustic collection.’ The Times

‘Reads as if written by one of Anthony Burgess’s more gifted Clockwork Orange droogs.’ The Guardian

‘The best yet from the pulpsters!’ Jeff Noon

‘Though his theme is the state of the nation, Etchells has little time for the new realism of the last few years, placing himself instead in the tradition of Ballard and Moorcock. Hacking up our comforters – TV cartoons, mythologies, children’s toys and board games – he deftly strips away the sentimental wadding we use as insulation from reality. A dance through the ruins of modern Britain… Etchells takes a Sadean delight in casual cruelty, creating a flippant and contorted technomedieval world whose gods are named Tesco and Blowjob, the spectre of real lives and real suffering is uncannily present.’ Attitude