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'William Thacker is a name you will hear a lot more often.' -- Matt Haig, author 'Envisage Brian Friel, Matt Haig and Evelyn Waugh scribbling an utterly brilliant vel together, then dive into Lingua Franca. Remarkable.' -- Caroline Smailes, author 'This is bloody brilliant.' -- Heydon Prowse, Writer of the Bafta winning The Revolution Will Be Televised 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 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.
Author and scriptwriter William Thacker was born in London in 1986. His debut novel, Charm Offensive, was published by Legend Press in 2014. As a screenwriter, William co-wrote the short film, Full Time, winner of the Best Film award at the 2014 Shanghai International Film Festival. He is also the co-writer behind Steven, the feature-length Morrissey biopic currently in development. Lingua Franca is his second novel.