#freetopiary: An Occupy Romance - Peter Burnett

#freetopiary: An Occupy Romance - Peter Burnett

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Consumerism, passivity and distraction. The internet is no place to try changing anything that matters.

A young Scottish Borderer, Alan Stewart, struggles to come of age in a world he knows only through the world wide web.

Arrested for a cybercrime he did not commit, Alan is shipped to Scotland’s e-crime unit in Aberdeen with a young hacktivist known only as Topiary. There they set about establishing a Scottish Occupy camp, along with others who feel that social inequalities are rising to historically unprecedented heights.

Introduced to the story of whistleblower Chelsea Manning, Alan is forced to question his long held political apathy.

Another world is possible. Make ready your dreams.


"This will probably go down as the definitive Scottish novel of the Occupy movement, tracking radicals, hackers and internet visionaries across a modern, Orwellian landscape that feels all too real. Let #freetopiary free your mind." - ALAN BISSETT