The End of the World is Flat
Mel Winterbourne’s modest map-making charity, the Orange Peel Foundation, has achieved all its aims and she’s ready to shut it down. But glamorous tech billionaire Joey Talavera has other ideas. He hijacks the foundation for his own purpose: to convince the world that the earth is flat.
Using the dark arts of social media at his new master’s behest, Mel’s ruthless young successor, Shane Foxley, turns science on its head. He persuades gullible online zealots that old-style ‘globularism’ is hateful. Teachers and airline pilots face ruin if they reject the new ‘True Earth’ orthodoxy.
Can Mel and her fellow heretics – vilified as
‘True-Earth Rejecting Globularists’ (Tergs) – thwart Orange Peel before insanity takes over? Might the solution to the problem lie in the 15th century?
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 more relevant than you think.
‘In between punching the air and shouting “yes!”, I laughed so hard I nearly fell in my cauldron. A masterpiece’
A time is coming when men will
go mad, and when they see someone who is not mad, they will attack him, saying, ‘You are mad; you are not like us’
St Anthony the Great
‘This sparkling little comic novel is more than playful: it’s a satire of Swiftian ferocity, a thinly veiled parody of a prevailing madness of the hour’
‘A bracingly sharp satire on the sleep of reason and the tyranny of twaddle. Simon Edge reveals how extraordinary delusions have the power to captivate us – until, one by one, we start coming to our senses’
‘Simon Edge – a voice of sanity in the Twitter hellscape – wears his anger remarkably lightly as he skewers the shocking state of the trans rights row with some nifty, often snort-inducingly funny satire’
‘A highly-entertaining satire about ideology, social media manipulation, and lobbying fiefdoms that have overstayed their welcome. This is Animal Farm for the era of gender lunacy, with jokes - and, right now, we all need a laugh’
Jane Harris, author of Sugar Money
‘Skewers the insanity of gender-identity ideology with the wit and brilliance of a modern-day Swift’
Helen Joyce, author of Trans
‘Inspired… Edge has glorious, madcap fun…holding social foibles and cod science up to ridicule with grace, wit and charm’
Helen Dale, The Critic
‘This witty author mixes history with a hilarious spoof of identity politics, virtue signalling, cancel culture and Twitter pile-ons’
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‘Wonderful. A must-read for all’
Julian Vigo, Savage Minds
‘Well-crafted, humane and engaging. More than a clever jab at trans ideology, it stands alone both as a modern morality tale and a warning about the vulnerability of liberal values’
Jo Bartosch, Lesbian & Gay News
‘Turns out I’ve been proven wrong: the world is not beyond satire. I know this thanks to Simon Edge and his very funny book’
Jonathan Kay, Quillette