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The Year of the Badgers

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Life isn’t going to be easy but no battle worth fighting ever is.
ebook, 212 pages
Published May 11th 2015
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Harry Whitewolf
Jul 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: general-fiction
This book isn’t just a highly enjoyable one, it’s a really important one too.

Set in the very near future, this novel encapsulates the red tape problems of the system which cause poverty and homelessness. Zero hour contracts and their like, work placements serving the quota statistics of politicians rather than the actual people, the injustices of big business tax evasion and all that stuff.

In this story, people on benefits are issued badges to pay for (some) essentials (You can have tea, but not
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Rupert Dreyfus
May 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: indie-gems, politics
This was a meaningful book which takes a look at a plausible future not too far away from where we are heading in the UK. Our protagonist, Badger, is riddled with anxiety and all the odds are stacked against him when an accident leaves him unable to find a job. He’s shoehorned into a workfare programme which is like the one we presently have only a little bit nastier. Imagine Iain Duncan Smith’s wet dream and you get the idea. People are forced to work crap positions for no money and with no ...more
Jason
May 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The most terrifying book you'll ever read!!!

There are a lot of dystopian books about, some are grim like 1984, some are full of zombies and some have games for hungry people. The common thing about those books is that any possibility of them happening are way, way in the future, that means you can sit down and enjoy reading the book. The Year of the Badger is different, it is a dystopian future that is just around the corner, all this could easily happen in our lifetime, many of us could become
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Rebecca Gransden
Oct 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Paul Howsley’s The Year of the Badgers speaks with a clear voice, one that resonates with the strained timbres of the dispossessed, the neglected and the put-upon. As society struggles with the vast and seemingly insurmountable inequalities that have become ingrained over a time where the grasping few at the top have had it especially good, those at the so-called bottom face the unenviable task of living in a world that doesn’t want to forget them, but hold them up as a distraction and example. ...more
Leo Robertson
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
This ain't no dystopia: it's a TOPIA! A today-pia. It's today. It's about contemporaryopia. It happened. It's happening. (Dystopias can be in the present too, right? Ah, why don't YOU Google this one for a change: writing reviews is hard!!)

This is a very important novel that brings an emotional narrative to the cold logic of political issues, showing the grim and unrelenting lives of regular folk plugging away why, why?! It's no fun!

There is a beautiful authorial cinematic quality to the prose
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jsewellmcevoy
Aug 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Paul Howsley's The Year of the Badgers captures, often painfully, the reality of life in modern Britain for the poor, sick, disabled; and for those who have simply disappeared from view. Where the novel is at its best is when it delineates daily agonies - the heartrending fear of the brown envelope through the letterbox (I wonder if postmen are aware of their new status as monstrous messengers); the division of change into copper and silver and subsequent alchemy of turning those into food and ...more
Eve Human
May 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Following a work accident that leaves him permanently handicapped, instead of getting a compensation Badger has lost his job because the company's computer said so.
After 6 month of unemployment, which has left his self-respect and self-confidence in shatters he is finally placed into the government's work program. But soon he realizes that the promises of a chance for permanent employment after the trial period are empty and the program is nothing else but a slave-labor deal created by insiders
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Indie Revolution ...: The Year of the Badgers by Paul Howsley 23 13 Mar 05, 2016 09:21AM  
“The job of the politician is to speak for all people; not just for parties with vested interests, or organisations with the biggest wallets. The first people a politician should protect are those that cannot protect themselves: Those weakest and most vulnerable among us. This is, to most of us, something that seems to be an obvious statement of fact, and that may be so, but it’s also a forgotten fact. Now, today, the opposite is true. It should shame us all. It shames me. The very fact that the most poor and the most vulnerable in our society are those that are victimised and stamped upon, whereas the most wealthy and the most influential are making more profits and acquiring more assets and wealth than ever before in history, is a damning indictment of what our society has become” 9 likes
“Badger had been waiting with ever increasing certainty for that brown, government stamped envelope, to hit the floor with the impact of several atomic bombs; the shockwaves hitting him before the sound could penetrate his ears.” 3 likes
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