Taking some convalescent wanders around Reading, the narrator of The Constitutionals, a figure haunted by being called Crusoe in childhood, also ‘sets out to avert global catastrophe, hoping to trigger the end of neoliberalism by going for a walk.’ What does he discover about the place in which he’s settled with his wife, who he will call Friday, and their ocean-haunted daughter?
Published on the tercentenary of Robinson Crusoe’s appearance, our author answers such questions by paying sustained tribute to the town, and the founding ‘autobiography’ by which it has – as have so many works alluded to here – been indelibly marked.
Peter Robinson. Paperback, 210 x 135 mm, 305 pages, April 2019.
“I’ve been reading and enjoying Peter Robinson’s learned, clever, funny, angry ‘The Constitutionals’ – in which the narrator (nicknamed Crusoe in childhood) perambulates around the town of Reading, ‘hoping to trigger the end of neoliberalism by going for a walk’.” Charles Boyle, CB editions, author of ‘Good Morning, Mr Crusoe‘.
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