In this volume, we follow Mole’s further adventures as he searches for the England he remembers, and the encounter with global capitalism which precedes the touching denouement of his story.
Few targets escape the author’s scathing eye in this ingenious novel, be they New Right politicians, modern planners, intensive farmers, or the architects of world trade. The Wind In The Pylons will have you chortling with laughter even as you are crying at the shame of it all.
In line with the novel’s themes, the author sought out an independent publisher (the aptly named Hilltop in Buckinghamshire) and the sales campaign for The Wind In The Pylons has concentrated largely on the UK’s surviving network of small and independent bookshops. The author himself supported this effort by literally pedalling his own wares - bicycling the route of a journey undertaken by Mole in Part II of the novel, and visiting every small bookshop he could find along the way.
“The idea behind this book is brilliantly conceived….funny, sarcastic and biting..” Rt Hon Anne Widdecombe
“I have just finished reading Volume II of The Wind In The Pylons, and I want to say how much I enjoyed it. Gareth Lovett Jones has done a wonderful job. The book is both amusing and sad. The ending was a wonderful surprise.” Shirley R. Ottenstein
"...beneath its cosy exterior is a savage satire on modern Britain." Independent On Sunday
As a fellow cyclist who has lived in Suffolk most of his life, I feel very much that this county (in parts) is still an oasis - as do many of my colleagues. We'll have to trust that nature will find a way, and the collective conscious of many people will eventually make a difference.
I can almost visualise the place Mole stopped and saw Pan in volume 2: on one of many small back roads near the River Stour - a hugely evocative image and one from my childhood as I cycled, fished, rowed and enjoyed the river valley. Robert Evans