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Number Eight Crispy Chicken

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, without a business lounge in sight.

Stranded in a foreign territory with nothing but McKing’s Crispy Chicken burgers to eat and nobody but a bleeding heart liberal, his seat-mate Jeremy Bernard for company, Peter’s misunderstandings of Turgistani language and culture result in his arrest on suspicion of terrorism, perversion, and espionage.

Peter has always had the power to get away with just about anything, but how will he sweet talk his way out of this one? What if he winds up – like those in his centres – indefinitely detained?

‘Hilarious’ and ‘powerful’, Number Eight Crispy Chicken is a carefully researched, funny, and thought-provoking read for fans of the social novels of Tressell, Orwell, Dickens, and Vonnegut.

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‘Super smart and funny… straddles social commentary and humour perfectly.’ – Ava January, author longlisted for the Richell prize

‘I have never been transitioned from hatred to empathy more skillfully by an author. It cuts away all artifice and ideology to expose the raw but crispy human in each of us.’ – Dr. Joanne Sullivan

‘I couldn’t stop reading. Peter was really entertaining to watch and I absolutely loved Jeremy… The ending was very intense. Very 1984.’ – K.T. Egan, author of All You Hold On To

Reviews

@karishmareads’ review on Instagram “⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5 stars! As someone who loves political satire, this book hits the spot. Also, as someone who loves amazing book titles, this book also hit the spot.
I loved to hate the main character, and I found Peter’s thought process throughout the book to be amusing and hilarious because he basically embodies the worst qualities of a human 😂 . I definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in reading about the politics of immigration, yet want to read a more satirical approach/commentary about the subject.

@KellyHookedOnBook’s review on Instagram “⭐⭐⭐⭐ This political satire plays on immigration and what the people in charge really think on the matter.
I enjoyed this book. It was smart and witty. The main character, Peter, is so unlikable and selfish. The author did a great job of making the reader despise him.”