Briohny Doyle

Briohny Doyle

Melbourne, Victoria

BRIOHNY DOYLE is the author of the critically acclaimed cli-fi novel The Island Will Sink, a darkly funny vision of an anomalous postmodern world where virtual reality and environmental catastrophe collide. The Island Will Sink is the first book from The Lifted Brow, you can order it here.

Her second book, Adult Fantasy, investigates the cultural underpinnings of adulthood, venturing into the big claims of philosophy and the neon buzz of pop culture to ask: in a rapidly changing world, do the so-called adult milestones distract us from more pressing conversations about maturity? You can order that one here. Or you can head to the places good books are sold and find both!

Here's what people are saying:

'It's dangerous to declare anyone the voice of your generation, but if Briohny Doyle was declared the voice of mine, I'd be nothing short of honoured. In this book, she somehow articulates and refines every foggy frustration and anxiety millennials feel about their status, place in life, and where they're headed. This is a book of consolation – reminding us we're not insane or alone – and revelation, by asking all the right questions and finding answers that never fail to surprise and help.'

Dystopian, Fantasy, Post-Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy

The Island Will Sink

“The Island Will Sink is not ‘just’ a novel. It is the most assured and innovative debut I have read in a long time, one that has me excited about the political possibilities of postmodern fiction.” Pip Smith, The Australian ——— In a not-too-distant future perpetually on the brink of collapse, catastrophe is our most popular entertainment. The energy crisis has come and gone. EcoLaw is enforced by insidious cartoon panda bears and their armies of viral-marketing children. The world watches as Pitcairn Island sinks into the Pacific, wondering if this, finally, will be the end of everything. Amongst it all, Max Galleon, anxious family man and blockbuster auteur, lives a life that he cannot remember. What happens when you can outsource your memories – and even edit them? When death can be reversed through digitisation, what is the point of living? If the lines between real and unreal are fully blurred, can you really trust anyone, even yourself? ——— Max Galleon. The world’s leading maker of entirely immersive cinema: blockbuster disaster films that give people the cathartic experience of global annihilation. A father to two children acutely distressed by the world around. A husband only theoretically. A brother to a comatose mystery man. And falling rapidly in love with a doctor who is not at all what she seems. Convinced he has amnesia, Max relies entirely on electronic prosthesis to take care of the daily work of remembering. A photo-narcissist, he constantly edits the all-encompassing archive until his personal history begins to resemble one of his films – overblown, generic, and best met with skepticism. In an amnesiac life remaking the same film infinitely is a voyage of discovery. Max likes to sit in novelty bars with his screenwriter partner Jean. But even without a memory Max knows that nothing is what it used to be, least of all nostalgia. When sad-eyed neurologist Dr Gabrielle Stern proposes a way to connect Max with his comatose brother, he begins to explore the mysteries of inner space. In Max, Gabrielle sees the possibility of a beautiful future in which painful memories can be easily altered or erased. In Gabrielle, Max sees romantic subplot. But Gabrielle’s interest in the brothers runs deeper, connecting them all to a suspiciously cinematic barn on the outskirts of civilisation, once home to controversial drug cult ‘The Sleepers’. What happens next is like something from a movie. The Island Will Sink pans from Establishing Shot to Romantic Subplot, through Action Sequence and a Director’s Cut Ending, slipping in and out of film convention, raising questions about how we interpret narrative in a screen-saturated culture. ——— “I love this book. This is the hottest mess of a debut – a dystopian romp, as cinematic as a roller coaster ride, and deep with ideas and heart. It has everything – an amnesiac director of fully immersive disaster movies, an all-knowing coma specialist, a pair of perpetually plugged-in children who know even more, and one sinking island. Picture the technology section of the The Economist as directed by Jill Soloway. I have no higher praise.” —Steven Amsterdam, author of Things We Didn’t See Coming “The structure is adventurous, dense and poetic … I thought of J.G. Ballard’s imaginatively coherent, hard-edged, full-fledged imaginings.” —Luke Davies, author of Candy and God of Speed, screenwriter of Life and Lion “Intelligent, fast-paced, deeply considered and great fun, The Island Will Sink is a hell of a speculative ride through a future both familiar and strange. Doyle’s hyperactive Anthropocene vision is nothing short of thrilling.” —Jennifer Mills, author of Gone, The Diamond Anchor, and The Rest is Weight

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