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Ladies from Hell Keith Roberts

Ladies from Hell

Keith Roberts

Published February 25th 2013
ISBN : 9780575104341
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Ladies from Hell contains five long stories.The Shack at Great Cross Halt describes a Britain dominated by motorways, juggernauts and a tyranny, in which the unfortunates of society eke out a miserable existence scavenging items that fall offMoreLadies from Hell contains five long stories.The Shack at Great Cross Halt describes a Britain dominated by motorways, juggernauts and a tyranny, in which the unfortunates of society eke out a miserable existence scavenging items that fall off lorries.The Ministry of Children shows comprehensive schools having become terrifying battlegrounds dominated by vicious gangs.The Big Fans concerns an experiment in wind-powered electricity which accidentally unleashes an apocalyptic storm of effects.Our Lady of Destruction ironically depicts a future in which a Stalinist British government taxes non-productive people (i.e. artists) at over 100% and assigns them individual Overseers to regulate their work.Missa Privata shows an opera singer in a communist-dominated Britain making a defiant individual gesture which will bring about her own ruin.These are not stories of spaceships and alien worlds- rather they are studies of imminent social change, written out of passionate concern about the directions in which our society may be heading - stories, in fact, in the great Orwellian tradition. Most importantly, they are stories about people: believable, defiant individuals struggling against oppressive forces.