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“Penman has created a saga of epic proportions. She has given us insight into the inner workings of the minds of the great men and women of the time.”
-Historical Novel Society
Antony Sher’s diary of playing Lear in the 2016 RSC production of King Lear, YEAR OF THE MAD KING has been voted 2019 Theatre Book of the Year by the Society of Theatre Research at the Prince of Wales Theatre.
A human outpost lying derelict in space, the scout ship that discovers it, and a planet best left unexplored…
The sun is bloated, diseased, dying perhaps. Beneath its baneful light, Shadrapar, last of all cities, harbours fewer than 100,000 human souls. Built on the ruins of countless civilisations, Shadrapar is a museum, a midden, an asylum, a prison on a world that is ever more alien to humanity.
Bearing witness to the desperate struggle for existence between life old and new is Stefan Advani: rebel, outlaw, prisoner, survivor. This is his testament, an account of the journey that took him into the blazing desolation of the western deserts; that transported him east down the river and imprisoned him in the verdant hell of the jungle’s darkest heart; that led him deep into the labyrinths and caverns of the underworld. He will meet with monsters, madman, mutants.
The question is, which one of them will inherit this Earth?