Paper Crusade

Michelle Penn Photograph by Andrew Tobin/Tobinators Ltd

Paper Crusade by Michelle Penn
print: 978-1-913665-67-8
eBook 978-1-913665-68-5
48pp (tbc)
£8.99/£4.00 (tbc)

On a wasted island in perpetual sun, the Father practices magic, laments his lost kingdom and commands a ragtag army of three: the passionate and damaged Daughter, the winged Spirit and an indigenous being known only as C. Behind their uniforms — white suits and full-face paper masks — the soldiers seethe with rebellion.

The arrival of the Boy, a hapless prince, and the Brother, the Father’s rival, unleashes desire, betrayal, insanity and revenge — all of it witnessed by an irate sea.

Paper Crusade is a bold reinvention of Shakespeare’s play, The Tempest. Michelle Penn’s vivid imagery and startling, sensual language create an unforgettable dystopia for our own time