Affairs of State FREE on 17th May is AFFAIRS OF STATE - a dystopian novel by Alexis Scott. The United Kingdom has long been broken up after Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland gained their independence. New England is no longer in the European Union and the death penalty has been reintroduced. The family, like the monarchy, has long been abolished and children (created by stratified random sampling) are born extra utero and raised in institutions. When Indigo Violet is sentenced to death for the crime of voluntary pregnancy lawyer Delectus Tarquinus decides it is time to act. Julia Sacriligia, senior esteemed judge, is an unlikely ally.
Set at the close of the twenty first century and the beginning of the twenty second, 'Affairs of State' focuses on the changing nature of relationships and their dependence on social institutions, exploring sexual boundaries and the expression of desire in different social landscapes. Last, but not least, "Affairs of State" is a story about love and its eternal and unchanging nature.
A light take on a serious subject as well as a highly topical one.
Alexis Scott's first book 'Eating Wolves' was published by Dewi Lewis in 2003 and praised by John Carey in The Sunday Times in October 2003:('I prefer the novels that aren't on my Booker shortlist'). She has since self-published several e-books including popular crime novel 'Deaconsbank'.
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