Thursday, 29 September 2011

Tancredi by James Palumbo

Think Ministry Of Sound and you think dance music. Think James Palumbo, co-founder and chairman of Ministry Of Sound, and you think…satirical novels. A bit of an unexpected turn of events eh? But nonetheless interesting.

Tancredi is James’ second novel, after his acclaimed debut Tomas. His books focus on the dark satire of consumerism, mass media and modern culture, but set in a futuristic world.

Tancredi is the hero of the novel, a young boy who wants to save the world, unlike the mass-media munching ‘morons’ he is surrounded with. Everyone around him suffers from ‘the incurable disease of short-term memory’ promoted by modern living, but he has bigger and better ideas to strike out on his own, against it all. This animation gives you a taster:

It’s odd, I’m not going to lie, but thought-provoking and full of fantastic illustrations. Expect a futuristic sci-fi novel meets The Little Prince and Gulliver's Travels. Kooky huh?

Tancredi is available in stores today. For more information, go to or view the interview below.

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