Libidan is the first black comedy of the biotechnological age.
At its heart lies the defining ethical question of the genomic revolution - when scientists can manipulate at will the body's every mechanism, what will human life become?
Bill Kennedy develops medicines for rare hormonal disorders. His life at the Research and Development Centre at Asper Pharmaceuticals is completely uneventful - until the freak laboratory accident that turns his humdrum world on its head. Libidan. A psycho-sexual stimulant of awesome potency. A once-in-a-lifetime discovery to make him wealthy beyond his wildest dreams ... if only he can find a way to perfect the formula.
And so begins his journey: a journey into the emergent sciences of the new millennium where synthetic designer drugs meet genetic engineering; a journey of exquisite physical ecstacies and chilling new moralities. A journey that eventually leads to the one man with the power to disassemble and reconstruct human life itself.
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“I read Libidan and thought it was a clever plot … most enjoyable.” John Humphreys, BBC Today Programme
“This is a highly entertaining novel in the Tom Sharpe vein, but it is also a sensible discussion of, amongst other things, the morality of psychopharmacology, the ethics of business, and "the way we live now". To do all this in 286 pages, in an accessible and humorous way, without descending too far into the use of comic stock characters,and keeping the plot supple, is a fine achievement. I shall certainly be recommending it to colleagues and students of mine.” Richard Ashcroft, Imperial College, London, Medical Ethics Unit
“Dry, witty and head-shakingly funny. Goddard’s dialogue is spot on and his characterizations are an absolute delight.” Sharon Schulz-Elsing – Curled-up-with-a-good-book.com
“Libidan is a challenge. As the story unfolds, it improves with every chapter, and becomes more enjoyable with each twist. Here philosophy meets quantum physics, genetic engineering, and the future of mankind. Read it - you will never think or perceive the same way again.” Dr John Morrison – Journal of Human Nature
It is imaginative, well written and in parts side-splittingly funny. I thoroughly enjoyed it. John Bercow – MP
This enjoyable book works at two levels: the first a bawdy and hilarious tale of how a run-of-the-mill scientist stumbles across a discovery that promises great power and wealth, but ultimately delivers corruption and ruin. Secondly and more seriously, it explores how the commercialisation of scientific insight can have wild and unforeseen consequences, both for the discoverer and hapless customers. If you think that science is always done by cold-hearted and calculating men in white coats, then read Libidan – it is closer to the truth than you might think!
Dr Brian Johnson, Head of Biotechnology Advisory Unit, English Nature
A truly inspired foray into the world of modern fiction. Wonderfully paced and brilliantly researched, it's an intoxicating blend of street and bedroom humour interlaced with the heady issues of designer drugs and potentially terrifying bio-technology. Yet somehow everything manages to keep working out as we might have hoped and leave our hero and the human race intact - just - and the reader breathless but fulfilled.