• World: Legend Press
  • Published: 16th May 2016
  • Agent: James Wills

Lingua Franca

William Thacker

There’s a problem with Barrow, but it can be fixed. You just need to change the name to Birdseye. Birdseye-in-Furness… Miles Platting is pulled from the ruins of a shipwreck into a world in which no one will speak to him.

The founder of Lingua Franca – a naming rights agency committed to renaming every UK town after a corporate sponsor – Miles recounts the story of his quest for linguistic supremacy to anyone who’ll listen. Confined to his hospital bed in a deathly quiet ward, Miles seeks to find his colleagues and reunite with his true love.

But in doing so, Miles must confront his deepest held convictions and consider, what’s in a name? in a world where the spoken word has been replaced with silence.



““Envisage Brian Friel, Matt Haig and Evelyn Waugh scribbling an utterly brilliant novel together, then dive into Lingua Franca. Remarkable.””
Caroline Smailes
““This is bloody brilliant.””
Heydon Prowse, Writer of the Bafta winning The Revolution Will Be Televised
“William Thacker is a name you will hear a lot more often.”
Matt Haig
Caroline Smailes, author


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