Unjustly overlooked

Looking at the year’s British book prizes, Boyd Tonkin calls the omission of Rupert Thomson’s riveting Divided Kingdom “the most baffling oversight of all.”

Thomson showed all his uncanny gifts for bewitching, ideas-led fantasy in Divided Kingdom, with its fissile Britain quartered into rival psychic zones. It may be that, like Ballard with Empire of the Sun, Thomson will have to write a big realistic novel before the critical consensus accepts his mesmerising abilities as visionary and storyteller.


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