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Number Eight Crispy Chicken

A hilarious and powerful literary satire
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by Sarah Neofield  AU Australia

January 30, 2020   |    646 reads    |   0 comments

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Number Eight Crispy Chicken - Book coverThe immigration minister has been detained.
Minister for Asylum Deterrence and Foreign Investment, Peter Ruddick, is en route to the remote Pulcherrima Island, the site of his latest privately-run, fast food chain-inspired detention centre. But chaos ensues when Peter misses his connecting flight and finds himself confined to the visa-free zone of the Turgrael airport, without a business lounge in sight.

Stranded in a foreign territory with nothing but McKing's Crispy Chicken burgers to eat and nobody but a bleeding heart liberal, his seat-mate Jeremy Bernard for company, Peter's misunderstandings of Turgistani language and culture result in his arrest on suspicion of terrorism, perversion, and espionage. Peter has always had the power to get away with just about anything, but how will he sweet talk his way out of this one? What if he winds up - like those in his centres - indefinitely detained?
'Hilarious' and 'powerful', Number Eight Crispy Chicken is a carefully researched, funny, and thought-provoking read for fans of the social novels of Tressell, Orwell, Dickens, and Vonnegut.

Grab your copy of Number Eight Crispy Chicken today, because this is one trip you won't want to miss!

'Super smart and funny... straddles social commentary and humour perfectly.
' - Ava January, author longlisted for the Richell prize

'I have never been transitioned from hatred to empathy more skillfully by an author. It cuts away all artifice and ideology to expose the raw but crispy human in each of us.
' - Dr. Joanne Sullivan

'I couldn't stop reading. Peter was really entertaining to watch and I absolutely loved Jeremy... The ending was very intense. Very 1984.' - K.T. Egan, author of All You Hold On To

Author's Note: 

Number Eight Crispy Chicken was born out of my own experience of being stranded in an airport (temporarily!), and my frustrations regarding immigration policy in my home country. While the characters and stories of Peter and Jeremy, along with the institutions depicted in Number Eight Crispy Chicken are entirely fictitious, the plight of those detained indefinitely is all too real. You may be surprised to learn that the facts and statistics mentioned in the novel are, tragically, based on real-life policies and events (although the time frames and persons involved have been changed).

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