I download a lot of free books from BookBub. I strongly recommend it: many – but not all – of the books are self-published and if I’m honest, there’s a lot of dross; but I have discovered some real gems, including the Talented Saga by Sophie Davis, which I absolutely loved. The first book was free but I bought the next three because I enjoyed it so much. The whole collection cost me less than £6.50 and I will definitely re-read them; and more than once.
Last night I started reading another free download, Gone by Christine Kersey. It’s a YA novel about a teenage girl who runs away from home on a whim; realises her mistake; struggles to get back; and finds herself in a parallel universe, where it is illegal to be fat. The government sends anyone over the weight limit to F.A.T. camp, forcing them to sell their house to pay for their mandatory treatment.
It’s an okay book but I thought the premise was a little preposterous. And then I read Sky News this morning: it appears that fat is now a government issue. The current incumbents, if re-elected in May, propose to strip benefits from anyone deemed obese who refuses to go on a diet.
You couldn’t make it up.
Or you could; but the real thing is much more frightening.
Please, take a read of the whole Sky News story and tell me what you think.