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Mystery drama

Mystery drama




Never Going to Happen

What caused the car crash that put Tom Anthony out of action for four months? Why was he on that road? What is his girlfriend not telling him? Why is his former neighbour so hostile? The whole sequence of events is lost in a blur.

Jobless since the accident, Tom welcomes the task of writing an article for a news website. The topic: Britain’s tortured departure from the European Union. Then his research suggests a bizarre link to his car crash. Maybe he’s on to something – but he soon finds there are people intent on preventing him from finding out what it’s all about.

An encounter with an elusive woman seems to offer a further clue, but his interest in her quickly raises a barrier to his quest for the truth. Meanwhile, his old boss doesn’t want to let him go. Where do his loyalties lie?

As the perspective widens, Tom finds himself caught in a world of shadowy people determined to intervene in global events, and ruthless in their resolve to stop anyone from interfering. Can he untangle their intentions, thwart their efforts, and still escape unscathed? A series of truly stunning shocks and surprises awaits him before we find out.

Brexit, that election, and the rise of populism

Tom is discharged from hospital into a world still shocked by Brexit and the US presidential election – a world where nonconformity is stifled, and people who disagree with the winning side are treated as pariahs. His struggle to understand the forces ranged against him soon turns into a quest to discover which side he’s offended, and what his instincts are telling him. 

Real-world events in fiction

The backdrop to Never Going to Happen, a purely fictional mystery drama, is the succession of real-world events that followed the 2016 US presidential election and the UK referendum vote to leave the European Union. It focuses particularly on the rise in populism and the tendency of increasingly strident voices to ridicule or stifle dissenting opinion.

Can fact and fiction co-exist in this way? That’s for you to decide, but Never Going to Happen aims to make it as easy as possible. Whilst real events sit behind the story, it doesn’t depend on them for its dénouement. It doesn’t hypothesise developments that differ from fact, or attempt to predict outcomes that hadn’t even happened when it was written.

What it does provide is an offbeat take on these trends, and some slightly tongue-in-cheek suggestions about the kind of reaction they might have sparked. It also takes the opportunity to sound a few warning bells about some of the more disturbing trends that populism appears to have unleashed.

 

 


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