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Number Eight Crispy Chicken

4.89  ·  Rating details ·  9 ratings  ·  9 reviews
The immigration minister has been detained.

Minister for Asylum Deterrence and Foreign Investment, Peter Ruddick, is en route to the remote Pulcherrima Island, the site of his latest privately-run, fast food chain-inspired detention centre. But chaos ensues when Peter misses his connecting flight and finds himself confined to the visa-free zone of the Turgrael airport,
Paperback, 232 pages
Published November 10th 2019 by Neofield Publishing
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Whispering Stories
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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As far as I can see this is Sarah Neofield’s debut novel and what a way to start. Using her travel and blogging background she has produced Number Eight Crispy Chicken, an excellent political satire which covers migration and asylum which are two of the major concerns in today’s world. The countries in the book are fictional but Peter’s Furtivus could be either Noefield’s native Australia, the USA or the UK.

Despite her inexperience as a novelist Neofield
Olga Miret
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am writing this review as a member of Rosie’s Book Review Team (authors, if you’re looking for reviews, I recommend you check her amazing site here), and I thank her and the author for providing me an ARC copy of this book that I freely chose to review. By the way, personalising the ARC copy for the reviewer is a particularly nice touch. Thanks!
I was intrigued by the description, the title (oh, that title), and also the cover of this book. The topic is one that interests me, and I’m sure I’m
Britt Laux
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*I received an advanced copy of Number Eight Crispy Chicken in exchange for an honest review.

This book was a slow starter for me, but don’t let that deter you! It has a dry sort of wit I highly appreciate, but I felt out of touch with the setting and characters at first because of my own lack of understanding. Neofield’s story handles serious and very real political issues, and as a sheltered citizen of the US, it took me some time to get invested. It took me a bit longer to read than usual,
Jacq Hunter
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this debut book! Peter is hilarious! I too look forward to the business class perks when I travel! I found it to be entertaining on many levels-his avoidance tactics sending an email with no attachment and then implementing his email
Responder-genius really! The light approach to government regulations gives it some more depth & humor as well! Feeling honored to receive a copy -thank you Sarah! You have a gift! A sequel is needed for sure! I highly recommend!
Melanie Vrabel
This book hit very close to home given my and my husband's professions, and right away it felt familiar and too close to reality regarding the current events that I stress about these days. Unfortunately, I abandoned finishing the book because of this (since I mostly use books to escape reality). Sad for me, because I love the writer's writing style and wit. I'm writing this review in hopes that it may help others decide whether this is the right book for them.
Ava January
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a really clever (and hilarious!) political satire.
Number Eight Crispy Chicken straddles the line between saying something important and humour perfectly.
Often it can be difficult to find books that communicate their message in a way that is accessible to all. You don't NEED to know about Australia's disturbing immigration policy, you don't need to love political satire- this book will do all the heavy lifting for you!
Intelligent, humourous, well written, this debut from Sarah Neofield
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Rebecca Frank
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced reader copy of this novel; this is an honest review.

Full disclosure from the outset: I follow Australian politics. It's an area of interest for me. This definitely influenced my reading. There are a number of references that could go unrecognised by someone unfamiliar with this country’s political and social systems, although the topics of immigration and asylum are worldwide issues. Some of my favourite references were the red-haired clown, the Misogyny Speech,
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Sarah Neofield grew up in regional South Australia before living in Japan for a year. Always fascinated by language, she completed a PhD in applied linguistics in 2010. She has written extensively on the topics of intercultural communication, how we communicate online, and language learning.

At the age of 30, Sarah resigned from her position as a university lecturer to travel, and since has visited