A satirical look at what we value in modern culture

The Brilliant & Forever is an unusual novel draws the reader through its satirical looking glass into a recognisable but not-quite-familiar world.

On a small island populated entirely by writers, the annual Brilliant and Forever Festival is a focal point in the calendar. Its stakes are glory or ignominy.

Who will be chosen by the judges? Who will be chosen by the people? As the plot runs its course, the novel produces a laugh-out-loud take on what we value in culture, and in our lives.

The Brilliant & Forever, by Kevin Macneil, published by Polygon, £9.99.

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