Richard Eccles

Novel, fiction part historical and part contemporary telling the story of Burgerman and the Circle, a place that lives outside the system. Out there, in Lardland, the world is on a descent into violence, rage, inequality and broken people. The Circle is everything Lardland isn’t. It’s about community, integrity, cooperation, safety, nature, creativity, a move away from money-driven things and status.

Chapter 1 introduces us to Burgerman and his giving advice, Chapter 2 brings in Milton who is ultimately part of the Circle’s downfall but he has a terrible tale to tell of how he, too, has fallen off the edge and then the story begins to unfold of how the Circle is the target of an unholy partnership of gangster-capitalists and people with the power and means to destroy and take whatever they want. Burgerman and his group work to expose the identities of these people – millionaires with endless companies not paying tax, bent coppers, local gangsters running dodgy businesses and even local aristocracy looking for ways of making lots of money. Amongst all this we glimpse life as it is lived in the Circle and the stories of the people who have come to live there and how Lardland has made them refugees in their own country, lost and ostracised because of the system that is designed to crush people and keep them in their place. This novel is powerful, moving, contemporary, engaging, interesting and blends politics, plot and people in a compelling way that leaves no doubt about the message: everything has got to change otherwise everything will change.

Imagine a place you might want to be

Community Freedom Simplicity Old Ways

Away from the rules The Circle A sink estate in Leeds Look a bit closer past the Burnt-out cars and gutted houses It’s not what you think Out in lardland – it’s all blowing up with its Inequality Violence Injustice Stupidity Class System Go to The Circle Where everyone’s safe Everyone’s story is collected and stored And where no one exists Secrets always exist Stories stay alive Suspense, realism and history blended into a thought-provoking novel reflecting the broken state of Britain in these troubled times.


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