Liam Brown

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Liam Brown is a novelist and short story writer from Birmingham, England. His first two novels Real Monsters (2015) and Wild Life (2016) were each nominated for the Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize, while his third, Broadcast (2017), has been published internationally and optioned by a major Hollywood studio. 

Current Publication: 

SKIN - Legend Press - May 2019

SHORTLISTED FOR THE GUARDIAN'S NOT THE BOOKER PRIZE 2019

A strange virus is sweeping the globe. Humans have become allergic to one another. Simply standing next to somebody could be a death sentence. A kiss could be fatal. 

Angela is a woman trying to get by in this bewildering new world. Though she still lives with her husband and children, they lead separate lives. Confined to their rooms, they communicate via their computers and phones. In some ways, very little has changed. 
 
That is, until she spots a mysterious stranger walking through town without even a face mask for protection. A man, it seems, immune to this disease. A man unlike anyone else she knows. A man it might just be safe to touch...
 
Praise for SKIN:

Gripping and thought provoking… I loved every moment of it’ Hannah Persaud

‘If Brave New World and 1984 were combined and whisked into this century, they couldn't be more impressive than Liam Brown's superb story’ Celia Anderson

'A lyrical dystopian fever dream' Margot Douaihy

 

Previous Publications:

Praise for BROADCAST:

'A relentlessly thrilling selfie-induced panic attack. Broadcast isn't about the future, it's about right now.' - Socrates Adams, author of Everything’s Fine 

Broadcast delivers a brilliant, ice-cold rush of horror as we follow our hero into a nightmare entirely of his own making. Truly a morality tale for our digital age.’ - Daily Mail

Praise for WILD LIFE:

‘A deliciously visceral undercurrent of violence… this compulsive read demands to be devoured in one sitting.’ - Kerry Hadley-Pryce, author of The Black Country

‘Stark, brutal, funny and unforgettable.’ - Benjamin Myers, Winner of the Walter Scott Prize

‘An inventive, finely written and disturbing portrait of 21st century park life, a world where the urban and the feral are bound to clash but are also destined to unearth a fragile, tender optimism.’ - Jim Crace, Man Booker Prize-shortlisted author of Harvest

‘Viscerally propulsive. I read Liam Brown’s new novel the way I might once have gone on a three-day bender. Wild Life is as intoxicating as home-distilled hooch.’ - Stephen May, Costa Novel Award-shortlisted author of Life! Death! Prizes!

‘A compelling, chilling investigation into the dark instincts of masculinity.’ – Guardian

 

Praise for REAL MONSTERS:

'From the scorched desert to the marital bedroom, Real Monsters is a memorable and moving portrait of the futility of 21st century conflict.' - Benjamin Myers, Winner of the Walter Scott Prize

'Beautifully written, smart and punchy.' - Sam Mills, author of The Quiddity of Will Self

 

Fiction

Publication DetailsNotes
2017

Legend Press

When David Callow is offered the lead role in a revolutionary new online show, he snatches at the opportunity.

Rapidly becoming a viral sensation, David is propelled to stratospheric levels of celebrity. However, he soon realises the downside of sharing every secret with the world.

A prisoner to both his fame and his own thoughts, David seeks to have the chip removed, only to discover the chilling secret lurking at the heart of MindCast, and the terrifying ambition the show's creator has for him.

2016

Legend Press

When a troubled advertising salesman loses his job, the fragile wall between his public and private personas comes tumbling down. Fleeing his debtors, Adam abandons his family and takes to sleeping rough in a local park, where a fraternity of homeless men befriend him.

As the months pass, Adam gradually learns to appreciate the tough new regime, until winter arrives early, threatening to turn his paradise into a nightmare.

Starving, exhausted and sick of the constant infighting, Adam decides to return to his family. The men, however, have other plans for him. With time running out, and the stakes raised unbearably high, Adam is forced to question whether any of us can truly escape the wildness within…

2015

Legend Press

Reeling from the terrorist attack that killed her father, Lorna lurches through an inebriated adolescence until she finds redemption in a young soldier called Danny. However, her dream of a stable life is shattered when Danny is called to serve in war overseas.

Danny is lost in the desert. Most of his unit is dead – victims, it would seem, of a brutal ambush. With their equipment destroyed and food running out, the small band of men stumble through the sand and shadows, desperate to find salvation. As their hope fades, they begin to turn on each other, until finally it becomes clear that only the truly monstrous will survive.

Brown creates a compelling and gripping experience alternating between the soldier and home narrative. Cleverly employing letters and unique voices we are drawn completely into the raw desert while being left with a thought-provoking and graphic view of modern warfare.