The Perfect Golden Circle: A Novel
From a new literary sensation from Britain, the story of two men who find remote wheat fields in rural England and under the cover of darkness create crop circles.
Summer 1989, rural England.
Two men, a Falklands veteran and an anarchist punk, embark on a mission to bring beauty and mystery to a country recovering from a decade of conflict, mass unemployment, and now facing government clampdowns on personal freedoms.
They are Redbone and Calvert and each weekend they create huge crop circles in wheat fields beneath the cloak of night.
Against a broader backdrop of free festivals and raves, their nocturnal adventures introduce them to an after-hours hinterland. Here the unlikely pair experience voyeuristic glimpses into an unseen England of illegal poachers, fly-tippers, aristocrats, gypsies, stone circles, ancient rituals and breath-takingly rare natural occurrences.
They are part of a rich history of rural resistance and over ten weekends they must evade the authorities, scientists, UFO conspiracy theorists and an increasingly fervent press, while maintaining a code of silence that means they can never take credit for their work.
Is Redbone and Calvert’s covert enjoyment of an England in high summer and their mythical status enough to sustain their project all the way to the season’s end?
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