This novel was a real revelation. At the very least one of the best novels of the year. Set in the near future on a very British kind of island, Joseph K. has been drafted to protect the island from "the others" by working as a sentinel on a wall that encircles the island. Lanchester's writing is clear and precise. Dystopian? Yes, but this novel is much better than your typical near-future novels that have recently flooded the market. For one his timing is perfect, his characters more real, and the cliches few. A must read!
Phil (Staff) (Queen's Square Library)