This is the first chapter of my critically acclaimed novel, 'Occupied'. But it's almost 9,000 words long, and so it reads as a short story in it's own right. Here's the synopsis...
SOME PEOPLE LIVE UNDER OCCUPATION
SOME PEOPLE OCCUPY THEMSELVES
NO ONE IS FREE
Step into a world which is both magically fictitious and shockingly real, to follow the lives of Tamsin, Ellie, Arun and Charlie; a refugee, native, occupier and economic migrant. Watch them grow up during a halcyon past, an everyday present, and a dystopian future. And be prepared to be amazed.
Inspired by the occupations of Palestine, Kurdistan and Tibet, and by the corporate occupation of the west, 'Occupied' is a haunting glance into a society which is a little too familiar for comfort. It truly is a unique piece of literary fiction...
"A unique piece of literary fiction" - The Examiner
"Darker than George Orwell's 1984" - AXS
"Candid and disquieting" - Free Tibet
"Genre-busting" - Pak Asia Times
"A must read" - Buzzfeed