The End of the World is Flat

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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’

Julie Bindel

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

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‘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’

Francis Wheen, author of How Mumbo-Jumbo Conquered the World

‘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

‘A satire that skewers the insanity of gender-identity ideology with the wit and brilliance of a modern-day Swift’

Helen Joyce, author of Trans: When Ideology
Meets Reality

‍‘Inspired… Edge has glorious, madcap fun… He holds social foibles and cod science up to ridicule with grace, wit and charm’ 

Helen Dale, The Critic

‘This book is very, very funny. It’s also way too convincing as a horror story – Simon Edge writes a completely believable account of how this kind of ideology could seep into great institutions. And possibly, in another form, did’

Gillian Philip

‍‘Without mercy, this merry romp punctures the idiocy that would turn language and good sense upside down and try to divide us all into either true believers or bigots. It is a frightening reminder of what happens when we reject the power of dialogue’ 

Simon Fanshawe

‍‘Well-crafted, humane and engaging. More than a clever jab at trans ideology, it stands alone both as a modern morality tale charting one man’s descent into lies, and a warning about the vulnerability of the liberal values upon which modern society rests’ 

Jo Bartosch, Lesbian & Gay News