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Number Eight Crispy Chicken

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  26 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, with
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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 o
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!
Johanny Ortega
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Arly Carmack
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Peter is one sandwich away from insanity

I couldn’t have chosen a better time to read Number Eight Crispy Chicken by Sarah Neofield. Between the political climate in the US recently and the two books I read prior to this (one, a societal satire, the other a non-fiction about certain political policies) this book formed a trifecta. From the opening pages, it is obvious that Neofield is well-informed and did her research, because even though the characters and places are fictional, the truth rang t
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, Choppergat
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You can keep your perfect characters, your heroes that overcome unsurmountable odds, your underdogs that rise up, fight the good fight, and win! Give me your jerks, your human monsters, your straight-up terrible people instead. And don’t, I repeat, DON’T save them.
Peter is the perfect character to hate. He is a complete prick, through and through. From chapter one, I couldn’t wait for terrible things to happen to him! A typical conservative politician, Peter is personally responsible for a whol
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. ...more
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 w
Cassidy Reyne
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Number Eight Crispy Chicken

This is a political satire that will have you cringing, chuckling, rolling your eyes, and sniggering in self-satisfaction all at once.
The main character, Peter Ruddick, the Minister for Asylum Deterrence and Foreign Investment in Furtivus, is traveling to Pulcherrima Island but finds his journey a bit trying, to say the least. Anything that could go wrong, did, in fact, go wrong, and with any other traveler you would feel sorry for them. Peter, though, does not deserve
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
I picked this for my book club because it was different than our usual read and had very high ratings. While I am sure there will be a lot to discuss, this just was not the type of book I am used to reading. I get the author's point, and it was very eye-opening, but I found it "wordy". It felt like there was a lot of detail for such a short book. I also keep seeing it as being hilarious, yet I didn't feel that way. For example, the main character is about as unlikable as you can get...and gross. ...more
K.T. Egan
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had the honor of reading this phenomenal book when it was still in draft form, and am still blown away by this fantastic piece of social commentary. Neofield is a master with words, and her witty writing pulled me in to a whole new world. Number Eight Crispy Chicken was, in its simplest form, socially enriching experience and a book I highly recommend for anyone who is a fan of quips, airports, and fried chicken.
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An excellent satire on a difficult problem.

I thoroughly enjoyed Sarah Neofield's book 'Number Eight Crispy Chicken'. Kudos to the author for tackling such a demanding issue as refugees in an engaging, intelligent, and humorous way. The deliciously told story made me giggle and cry. The fictitious humiliating events that happened to the main character, politician Peter, reflect so well on the real-life tragedy of asylum seekers. He deserved his punishment, and I felt satisfied when I saw a tiny
P.S. Winn
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a good story, although more like English satire than some books I have read. You have to smile at the antics Peter Ruddick gets into. He is headed to Pulcherrima Island, a remote place where Peter wants to run a fast food type detention center. Nothing seems to go Peter's way and thus, the adventure begins. Although at times the difference in English spelling made reading a but more difficult, this is a fun read. ...more
Ninu Nair
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
‘Number Eight Crispy Chicken’ is set in the modern world grappling with immigration issues and developed nations exploiting the underdeveloped. I liked the subject of this book and the way it is dealt with in a satirical manner by the author.
Peter is the Minister for Asylum Deterrence and Foreign Investment in Furtivus, we are in a fictional landscape. But, of course, affected by real issues, one of them being deterring the immigrants from reaching Furtivian soil. It is, indeed, a peep into the
Jordan Mund
Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Number Eight Crispy Chicken is the debut novel from Australian writer Sarah Neofield. It begins with Peter Ruddick, the immigration minister from the fictional country of Furtivus, on his way to Pulcherrima, another fictional country, where he is to present his proposal for a franchise of refugee detention centres. He is perfectly suited for such an undertaking. Having worked for years in the Furtivian government he has the technical expertise, and being just an awful person, he possesses all th ...more
Raelee Carpenter
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Gregg Sapp
Jun 29, 2020 rated it really liked it

Every air-traveler has a story of the flight from hell. Delays, missed connections, lost baggage, a middle seat between a screaming baby and an obese person with body odor, etc. As awful as your story may be, it cannot top Peter Ruddick’s ordeal in Australian writer Sara Noefield’s irreverent satire “Number Eight Crispy Chicken.”

As the Minister for Asylum Deterrence and Foreign Investment in the sovereign nation of Furtivus, Peter is accustomed to travelling in luxury. He is thus mildly irritat
Phillip Murrell
Jan 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
This book will be championed by people who lean left in politics (Democrats/liberals). You will nod your head in agreement at many points made. Those who lean right (Republicans/Conservatives) will likely hate it and see it as propaganda. If you're in the middle, it will be just alright. It's a shame. The story is well written. It's a cross between the movies Gridlocked and The Terminal. If you removed the political undertones, it would still work for many people. I mean, who hasn't felt the ted ...more
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Matthew Stern
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
It’s difficult to write satire today when the news trumps the most farcical scenarios. Number Eight Crispy Chicken pulls this off with the misadventures of Peter, a government official for the fictional country of Furtivus (a stand-in for Australia), as he flies to the third-world country of Pulcherrima where he plans to build one of his fast-food inspired “detention centers” for migrants. When he misses a connecting flight, he winds up getting stuck in Turgistan with Jeremy, a man he once calle ...more
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
For me, this book rates the attention and acclaim reserved for satires written by George Orwell and Charles Dickens.

I love how the author captured the essence of Peter, an affluent Prime Minister who fully believes his childhood struggles equaled that of the poor. Image is everything. The only way to make it big is by exuding confidence and stepping on those who don’t move out of the way.

Reservations had been made, blueprints rolled and secured tightly in its tube.
Through no fault of his own,
David Cuff
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Sarah's first novel. It is very well written and drips with satire throughout. As I progressed through the book, I wasn't sure whether the short sections of pure political dialogue sit comfortably next to the humour; but it soon became clear that this doesn't matter, given the clarity and intensity of Sarah's writing. This book will be enjoyed by anyone who gets satisfaction from reading about politicians "hoist with their own petard", whether they have citizenship o ...more
J.D. Groom
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a roller coaster!
As someone who is not particularly political and, so it seems, quite ignorant of immigration issues, I would probably have given this a miss. Yet, the bright cover was intriguing, and the promise of satire made me do a u-turn. And, boy was there satire!
At certain points I almost felt sorry for the main character, almost. Sarah writes his personality so brilliantly that, know matter what he goes through, you can't help but feel he somewhat deserves what's coming to him.
Wesley Parker
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book. Anybody can tackle difficult subjects, but Sarah Neofield wrote a wonderful satire that felt so real at some points it was hard to laugh when it was light hearted. This is the perfect book for the times we live in. As despicable as the main character was, he was written so well that I came to care for him. I’m excited for her next book, because she finds the perfect blend of humor and drama, entertaining you, but also making you think in the process.
Tony Duxbury
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
This reads like non- fiction dressed up as fiction. A sad commentary on today's politician. Peter Ruddick is a despicable example of the type. He's grasping and egotistical, a master of doublespeak and weaver of red tape. It was great to read about every one of his misfortunes, as he learns what it is like to become the victim of inhuman rules and cynicism. He's a man I loved to hate. An amusing tale of someone getting what they deserve. ...more
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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

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