About The Author
Adam R. Mathews is a freelance writer, proofreader and English language teacher. He wrote his first novel, Pap, between Berlin, Budapest, and the English Midlands. As well as writing critical articles and speeches, he manages English language summer schools, edits the English language programmes of a world-renowned orchestra and gives public talks on economic and environmental issues. Having spent much of his adult life living outside his native UK, Adam has been involved in numerous popular movements across Europe, and through this has developed the unique and coherent perspective which inspired Pap. You can find out more about him at aimlesswander.org.
About The Book
Exploring issues of corporate hegemony, Pap is truly a 21st century dystopia. It describes a world where a single corporation, PapCorp, has come to dominate all facets of daily life from security to water, agriculture to the news. Through their omnipotent PapDrive Corneal Implants, without which modern life would be impossible, PapCorp even influences what people see around them and their most intimate memories.
In Manchester, under the Bio-domes of PapCorp’s home city, the presenter of PapNews’ Humbolt Hour, Vincent Humbolt, spends most of his programme gossiping about the never-ending sex scandals around the corporation’s CEO. This leaves only seconds for a montage of another PapSec victory overseas. Not that Vincent’s wife, Naomi, cares about any of that – she needs shoes for the PAPTA awards and doesn’t have the credit to buy them.
Meanwhile, millions flee their homes as the land dies beneath them. Drought, pollution, storms, and sometimes the end of PapSec’s long arm, all drive people from their homes. People like Aliyá Talavera, her parents and the rest of the citizens of Murcia, made homeless after PapPop built the fifth letter of their logo around the city to create the world’s largest advertisement, and sent in PapSec to clear the 'Anarcho-terrorist' stronghold in its midst.
Pap is the first of three novels exploring the same theme. The next book, PapUp, will chronicle the rise of the world’s greatest corporation, while the third novel, PapDown, will tell the story of PapCorp’s inevitable downfall.