King of the Bored Frontier
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(Early) Bret Easton Ellis
IT'S 1997, the year of Tracey Emin’s broken finger, the Royal Academy's catching-up-but-it's-too-late Sensation exhibition, and the fag-end of the self-cannibalising bravado that is Britpop.
Surrounded by the burgeoning Britart and YBA invasion, the art college experience is all too conflict-ridden for our nameless third-year art student.
As he drinks, draws, paints and parties his way through the academic year, falling in love, falling in hate, the question is: what happens next?
Combining the cool energy of the mid-90s Britart and Britpop movements, King of the Bored Frontier is a celebration, commiseration, dedication to the cause – the art school bible.
Politic 1983 review: "… coming post-Britpop, post-Damian Hirst and post-everything, our hero is a cynical third year, tired of art … and tired of just about anything… apart from Adidas, alcohol, sex and eye-liner."
"Makes me want to draw, makes me want to paint, makes me want to get drunk." – anonymous art lush
Praise for previous work
"[King of the Jungle is] hugely entertaining and very funny." – Inder Sidhu, Litro Magazine
"Silkwood plays skilfully with our expectations as readers." – Sabotage Reviews, (Daddy's Little Secret, Unthology 5, Unthank Books)
"[Daddy's Little Secret] is powerful, starting with the breathtaking opener … " – The New Short Review
About KS Silkwood
KS Silkwood was born in the 70s, grew up in the 80s, survived the 90s, and wrote a book or two in the noughties.
He has written a thematically linked trilogy, exploring the lives and the loves, the conflict and the compromise, the horror and the hilarity, of the modern day artistically (dis)inclined.
King of the Bored Frontier is his first novel published by Foe.
King of the Jungle (second edition) will be published in 2019, with the final novel, King of the Slags, to follow.
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203 x 133mm