#freetopiary: An Occupy Fable

Hardcover | April 1, 2014

byPeter Burnett

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In an age of NSA spying and unprecedented government oversight, young Alan Stewart wants nothing to do with change—that is until he is arrested for a crime he didn’t commit, and forced to face reality.

Consumerism, passivity, apathy and distraction. The internet is no place to attempt changing anything that matters. A young Scottish drifter, Alan Stewart, struggles to come of age in a world he knows only through the world wide web. But come of age he does, learning something of truth and the price of freedom along the way. Arrested for a cybercrime he did not commit, Alan is shipped to Scotland's e-crime unit in Aberdeen with a young hacktivist known only as Topiary. After an escape worthy of The 39 Steps they set about establishing a Scottish Occupy camp, along with others who feel that social inequalities are rising to historically unprecedented heights.

Introduced to the story of Bradley Manning, Alan is forced to question his long-held political apathy and ask himself what he is prepared to do for the struggle. Another world is possible. Make ready your dreams. Inspired in part by a true story, #freetopiary is not just an insightful commentary on internet privacy and our rights in a world increasingly dependent on technology, but the touching story of a brotherhood and the bonds we develop in times of crisis.

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In an age of NSA spying and unprecedented government oversight, young Alan Stewart wants nothing to do with change—that is until he is arrested for a crime he didn’t commit, and forced to face reality. Consumerism, passivity, apathy and distraction. The internet is no place to attempt changing anything that matters. A young Scottish dr...

Peter Burnett is the author of previous works of fiction including The Machine Doctor (shortlisted for the Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year Award) and Odium. He also recorded everything he ate in a year and published it as the now cult classic The Supper Book. He lives in Edinburgh.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:128 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:April 1, 2014Publisher:Skyhorse Publishing Inc.Language:English

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"This will probably go down as the definitive Scottish novel of the Occupy movement, tracking radicals, hackers and internet visionaries across a modern, Orwellian landscape that feels all too real. Let #freetopiary free your mind." --Alan Bissett, author of Boyracers and Pack Men.Peter Burnett is the winner of a Scottish Arts Council First Book Award for The Machine Doctor.Praise for Machine Doctor, winner of the Scottish Arts Council First Book Award and shortlisted for Scottish Book of the Year:". . . an exhilarating and anarchic comedy shot through with a withering social commentary."Scotland on Sunday". . . a superbly written book, a fast-paced novel of roller-coaster proportions. Burnett is a brilliant new talent."The Journal". . . an ambitious, multi-voiced satire on the soul-destroying mind-numbing effects of computers in the 21st century. . . fast-paced, insightful and frequently hilarious."The List". . . satire as sharp as a sponge."Sunday HeraldPraise for Odium"a gloriously misanthropic and bilious treatise on the decadent, immoral and inane nature of western European life."Independent on Sunday"...this is breathtaking stuff."Scotland on Sunday