A Hard Fall: front cover

Brexit has happened
Sterling has crashed
Britain is divided

It’s been a hard fall

June 30th 2025

Britain is in chaos

A new government has come to power. Only citizens who are VERIFIED BRITISH have a right to stay; everyone else is being forced to leave. Capital punishment is about to be reinstated.

Working for Home Security, Norman Marshall is a senior operative, rooting out SABOTEURS. Little does he realise that his wife Jenny is an agent for the resistance.

When Jenny warns a neighbour that he and his kids are next on the list for RE-MIGRATION, she sets in motion a chain of events that puts everyone’s life in danger.

Meanwhile, bodies are being washed up on the beaches…


The Referendum campaign was a failed conversation. The two sides failed to  engage with each other. Remainers talked about the economy, rights and internationalism. Leavers talked of sovereignty, immigration and control. Expert opinions were no longer trusted; facts and so-called hard news were rejected.

In the aftermath, the future looked bleak and impossible.

Mindful of the calamitous events of the 1930s and Primo Levi’s call to action—“If not now, when?”—I decided to do something. And there was only one thing I knew how to do: to tell a story.

Stories can captivate, convince, and coax in a way that political rhetoric and expert discussion cannot. They make us question our entrenched opinions. When logic, facts and figures fail to change our minds, stories can provide a powerful alternative.

A Hard Fall depicts how things might unfold if we suffer the hardest of Brexits—a new political regime that brings out the worst in all of us. It is not far-fetched. It is not hard to imagine.

G. L. Kaufmann

The photo-journalist Joshua Harry Brown was invited to capture images inspired by A Hard Fall

Britain as an island, alone and isolated, is a potent metaphor for Brexit. Vast stretches of empty water, sinister angles, water lashing against hard rocks, wire fences – all of these conjure up the atmosphere of the New Britain portrayed in the novel.

All images are © Joshua Harry Brown. Visit his website at www.joshuaharrybrown.com

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A Hard Fall is published by Mulberry Publishing
Publication date: 6th December 2018
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