Amanda Craig

Every Man in His Humour

Divided Kingdom

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There’s something about Britain just now. Why are so many writers looking at it through the lens of fantasy – either in children’s literature or science fiction? Could it be that we can only bear to look at the reality of what New Labour has brought about through dystopian visions? Hot on the heels of Kazuo Ishiguro’s strange fable about clones, Never Let Me Go, comes Rupert Thomson’s Divided Kingdom. Here, the eight-year-old hero has been forcibly separated from his parents because of a ‘rearrangement’ of Britain according to the Hippocratic concept of the four humours.

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