How to Rule the World
By Tibor Fischer
Wildly entertaining and darkly funny, How to Rule the World is set in the world of factual TV making, in which Baxter Stone is driven by desperation and a lust for revenge on the self-appointed kings of taste and commissioning.
London. A city robbing and killing people since 50BC.
The Vizz: an industry in crisis. Baxter Stone, a film maker and television veteran, a lifelong Londoner (who thinks he sees better than others) is having problems in the postbrain, crumbling capital. Swindled by an insurance company, he's in in debt; a Lamborghini is blocking his drive and MI6 is blocking his mobile reception.
He hopes to turn it round and get the documentary series that will get him the Big Money. But what do you do if history is your sworn enemy and the whole world conspires against you? Is there any way, you could, for a moment, rule the world justly?
Darkly comic, How to Rule The World follows Baxter's battle for truth, justice and classy colour grading as it takes him from the pass of Thermopylae, to the peacocking serial killers of Medieval France, and the war in Syria. A trip from the Garden of Eden to Armageddon, plus reggae.
Demonstrating Fischer's inimitable talent for eviscerating social satire, How to the Rule the World is a magnificently funny read to stand alongside his best loved works, the Man Booker shortlisted Under the Frog, The Thought Gang and Don't Read This Book If You're Stupid, all of which Corsair will publish in e-book next year.
The son of Hungarian refugees, Tibor Fischer was born in Stockport in 1959. His first novel, Under the Frog was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1993. He is the author of four other novels, The Thought Gang, The Collector Collector, Voyage to the End of the Room and Good to be God as well as a collection of short stories Don't Read This Book If You're Stupid.
A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, his work has been published in twenty-five languages.
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10 Jan 2019
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Darkly comic . . . Tight, savage and satirical - a book perfectly weighted to the times. Pick it up. — Evening Standard
You can't really do justice to Fischer's writing. He mixes the fantastical with the mundane, effortlessly swinging across language and grammar for his own entertainment and the delighted bamboozlement of readers. His latest novel, set in "post-brain London" is a merry journey to be savoured — Stylist magazine
Tibor Fischer is a master of the bitter laugh. There are plenty to be had in [How to Rule the World] . . . Fischer has written a wickedly funny novel about a serious topic. Read How to Rule the World. It will make you feel smarter than you really are. — The Times
Powered by dark humour . . . Fast-paced and fun, it reads like a comic strip — Sunday Times
[Baxter's] plight is so awful that only a writer with the flair of Fischer could turn it into five-star entertainment. But that is what this darkly comic gem of a novel provides. Line for line, it is hilarious, with many a side-swipe at the shallowness of the television industry. And the minor characters are priceless. — Mail on Sunday