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Here Comes Trouble

Shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction

By Simon Wroe

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Costa-shortlisted Simon Wroe brings Nineteen Eighty-Four up to date in a tale of dubious journalism, post-truth politics and overbearing Russians.

'1984 crossed with ADRIAN MOLE' Daily Mail
'Scarily prophetic about news, freedom and truth' Antonia Hodgson


Ellis Dau dreams of the West - of London, New York and Ashford, Kent. But he is growing up in Kyrzbekistan, a secretive nation where revolution barely makes the news. A country where the newspapers peddle outright lies, and larger-than-life characters make promises they can't keep.

Following his expulsion from school, Ellis is sent to work with his father. His father is editor of The Chronicle, the last bastion of free speech in their strange, strange land. And it is under threat.

As Ellis navigates his collapsing, blacked-out city - and his feelings for the local oligarch's daughter - he realises that some things are worth fighting for. But can he save his family and the newspaper fuelled only by youth, grain spirit and unrequited love?

Biographical Notes

Simon Wroe is a freelance journalist and former chef. He writes food and culture features for The Guardian and arts reviews for The Economist. His first book, Chop Chop, was shortlisted for the 2014 Costa First Novel Award, longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize and won a Betty Trask Award. He was born in 1982 and lives in Camberwell, south London.

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  • ISBN: 9781474604956
  • Publication date: 27 Apr 2017
  • Page count: 304
  • Imprint: W&N
Clear-eyed and caustic... Nineteen Eighty-Four crossed with Adrian Mole — Daily Mail
Often very funny and always pacy, Wroe's novel is at once a capering Bildungsroman and a serious examination of how easily democracy can crumble if the institutions and morals that keep it robust are attacked — Sunday Times
I loved this rollercoaster of a ride into a corrupt, fictitious country that feels only too hideously real. Highly recommended — Deborah Moggach, author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Scarily prophetic about news, freedom and truth. Whip smart and very funny — Antonia Hodgson, author of The Devil in Marshalsea
Take Sacha Baron Cohen, add a twist of Kafka and lace it with Groucho Marx. You're entering the surreal and blackly funny world of Simon Wroe. A brilliant novel by a very special writer — Miranda Seymour
A tour de force. A page-dazzler. A dark dream that may come true — Piers Plowright
Far funnier than any account of approaching far-right revolution has the right to be. Highly recommended — John Higgs
As resonant as Orwell's 1984 — Vine Voice
1984 brought up to date with teenage black humour and hormones — Vine Voice
'Raucous and inventive, peopled with technicolour characters and savagely funny, Chop Chop announces Simon Wroe as both an heir to Martin Amis and an oven-fresh talent unto himself' — A D Miller on Chop Chop
Depicts the literal underworld of a restaurant kitchen with wit, vigor, and gleeful, necessary profanity — New York Times on Chop Chop
Dark, pungent, twisted, surprising and above all genuinely funny. If you enjoy eating out, don't read this book — William Sutcliffe on Chop Chop
Perfectly baked [with] a rich, gooey pool of dark comedy hiding beneath the surface — Independent on Chop Chop
Brutally funny... Sometimes the truth is so strange it needs to be sautéed in a pan of fiction — Gary Shteyngart on Chop Chop
Dave Eggers channels Anthony Bourdain — Kirkus on Chop Chop
A complete page-turner. Reminiscent of Kitchen Confidential but with an entirely fresh voice that is a pleasure to read — Thomasina Miers on Chop Chop
A greasy, hilarious tale of loyalty, revenge and dark appetites. A gripping look behind the kitchen wall — Shortlist on Chop Chop
Brace yourself for this lively, amusing and alarmingly informative novel — Daily Mail on Chop Chop
A great kitchen novel. From describing the battle-scarred hands of a chef to the overall rhythm that goes into making every plate of food, Wroe . . . makes this ugly world delicious — Book of the Week, Flavorwire, on Chop Chop
Lip-smacking . . . As shocking and witty as it is savage — Vogue on Chop Chop
sets out comically and satirically what can happen when the rules break down — ISLINGTON TRIBUNE
Crammed full of funny lines, dazzlingly perceptive and witty — Claire McGowan, author of the Paula Maguire novels