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"The nations 'bruises on society' are looking a little off-colour "
A curious scheme is afoot in Blighty. Attempting to tackle spiralling levels of crime and anti-social behaviour, the government has a new solution: to dye offenders purple.
For once, even journalist Eve Baxter is shocked – she’s spent years gathering the world’s weird and wacky news, but has never seen anything as loopy as this.
Learning of these shamed ‘bruises on society’, the nation is agog – and divided. There’s anger and agreement, protest and debate.
Oh, green and pleasant and now purple land... But still, there’s a mystery to be solved: just how do the transformations to Purpleness occur?
Transfixed by clues and conspiracies, Eve wonders if this could be her route into real news. And when her friends and family are affected by the Purple scheme, she begins to investigate...
There are some books that you read the blurb off and just know your going to love it, I had that feeling with this book and I was not wrong!
This is a laugh out load in parts story like nothing I have read before! is this dystopian? is this science fiction? is this madness? or does this all cut a little to close to home?
In this read we meet Eve Baxter is a journalist supplying unique and weird stories to the media yet searching for her big break story
When she hears To tackle anti-social behaviour and violence in the UK, the Prime Minister has come up with a plan to colour offenders Purple! yes bright purple! in a way to shame them and keep them hidden off the streets as they will not want to be shamed by others seeing there purpleness and the theory is they will not commit more crimes!
Eve does not know who she feels about this change but when the new purple policy starts to effect those close to her she knows she must find out the truth behind all of this.
This was of course the most original novel i have read this year so far! and while the idea of people been coloured purple seems outlandish and farcical we discover the idea is not as crazy as it seems and in some areas this read cuts slightly to close to home and the current problems the UK are facing!
Fantastically funny in places, captivating and completely engaging throughout, I really liked Eve as a character, she was very relatable and had a real ballsy attitude when she needed to!
All together a wonderful debut!
Kate grew up in a small seaside town, where she spent her formative years being most strongly influenced by the unlikely combo of George Orwell, Victoria Wood and Smash Hits.
She studied Writing and Publishing at university before spending over a decade working in film, mostly in New York, where she also dabbled in stand-up comedy.
In 2011 she was part of the second Curtis Brown Creative novel-writing course; a short story anthology written by that group, The Book of Unwritten Rules, was published in 2016.
Kate currently lives in Brighton, a seaside lass once again. Purple People is her first novel.
Thank you to the Publisher and Author for sending me an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this novel and for the opportunity to review these works.
All reviews are my own unbiased opinion.