9781781662731

England 2026

After the Discord

by Roderick Craig Low

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ISBN: 9781781662731
  • Word Count107,330
  • Page Count341
  • IllustrationsNone

In 2026, after the death of his wife, Robert Oliver returns from France to England in search of his estranged daughter. He discovers a Britain plagued by international issues. The aftermath of a war with Iran and recriminations from Middle Eastern states resulting in crippling trade restrictions have led to economic collapse. There is a great deal of internal conflict as a result of huge unemployment, severe reductions in services, and a society divided by ethnic, religious and other special interests, reflecting the needs of each majority at a local level. Behind this experiment in democracy, comes a vicious new policing system, harsh restrictions on people’s basic freedoms and a sophisticated network of amateur spies known as ‘Harkers’. As he was unable to renew his passport before leaving France, Robert Oliver, now a ‘Paperless Vagrant’, finds himself hunted by the much-feared ‘CLIP’ as he travels across a country suffering untold hardships, a country no longer at peace with itself, a country he once loved very much but no longer recognises.

About the Author

Roderick Craig Low, the elder son of Scottish parents, was born and brought up in England. On leaving grammar school, he lived in Scotland for about five years before moving south to Yorkshire where he raised a family. It was then that he was able to apply his liking for language to his professional life, trading his role as a computer consultant for that of a technical author providing manuals to support software systems and business processes for many ‘big name’ companies. In 1994, he remarried. His book, ‘Writing User Documentation’, was published by Prentice Hall that same year. Creative writing, however, was the ultimate goal but the pressures of everyday life prevented its realisation. He moved to France in 2003 and, after a few years, found opportunities to devote more time to this activity in addition to the demands of the ‘day job’ and a two-acre garden – not to mention the delights of living in rural France. A first novel, ‘Three Hundred Hours’, was published in 2009. He has also written a number of short stories for conventional and on-line publication.