Other work by Alan James


If you enjoyed the North Tyne Bike Ride Guide, you might also enjoy Alan’s novel, Someone Stole My Country. 

It’s a satire of modern Britain.  Readers familiar with NTBRG may be relieved to note that it does not feature any sheepdogs – psychotic or otherwise. But it does combine laugh-out-load comedy with acerbic insight into Britain’s cultural, political and financial implosion.

A dark satire on modern Britain and its twisted history; with a comic range from ‘call centres and the concept of purgatory’ to ‘Eric the Bloodaxe and psychiatric stability’.

Fleeing an insurance company called Accident, Injury, Catastrophe and Death, the paranoid narrator gets caught up in Britain’s ever-fraught but always amusing relationships with Germany and France, whilst Britain stumbles from Iraq into Afghanistan alongside an America itself unbalanced by the 9/11 kamikazes.

But don’t let that put you off: there’s plenty of exploding toilets. Not to mention talking volcanos. And hints on etiquette which will get you killed in Glasgow.

Reviews of Someone Stole My Country

Jonathan Meades: A crazed, paranoiac, indignant, wildly funny and horribly accurate user's guide to New Britain and certain of its neighbours, especially those with volcanoes. Is there any more to life than the fluorescence of a Little Chef at 2 a.m? Probably not. I laughed out loud.

James Gray: For anyone who has ever wanted to line up rows of politicians, designers of call management systems, urban planners, motorway engineers, estate agents - indeed, anyone who contributes a dark lining to each precious silver cloud - and kick their arses, this is the book for you. Laugh? I happily soiled myself.

How can I place it?  It came to rest on my literary palate somewhere between the frenzy of Alexi Sayle (e.g. Barcelona Plates) with the more ‘sedate’ passages savouring of early Martin Amis (Dead Babies).  [There is] a groove into which Someone Stole My Country neatly slid, among the good company of Zamiatin, Vonnegut et al not to mention Ballard and Dick.

John Alder: I giggled a lot as I read this whirlwind of a book. Alan James has conjured up a book that won't just leave you breathless with laughter but will have you nodding wisely at his grumpy insights on Britain's decline. Still won't save you in Glasgow should you visit, however...

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