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Publisher's Summary

Long-listed for The Guardian's Not the Booker prize 2016.

There's a problem with Barrow, but it can be fixed. You just need to change the name to Birdseye. Birdseye-in-Furness....

Miles Platting is pulled from the ruins of a shipwreck into a world in which no one will speak to him.

The founder of Lingua Franca - a naming-rights agency committed to renaming every UK town after a corporate sponsor - Miles recounts the story of his quest for linguistic supremacy to anyone who'll listen. Confined to his hospital bed in a deathly quiet ward, Miles seeks to find his colleagues and reunite with his true love.

But in doing so, Miles must confront his deepest held convictions and consider, what's in a name? in a world where the spoken word has been replaced with silence.

©2016 Legend Press Ltd (P)2018 Legend Press Ltd

Critic Reviews

"William Thacker is a name you will hear a lot more often." (Matt Haig, author)

"Remarkable." (Caroline Smailes, author) 

"This is bloody brilliant." (Heydon Prowse, writer of the Bafta-winning The Revolution Will Be Televised

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