A fabulous, funny, sharp, outrageous satire about the deadly dark side of discrimination
Alex has a problem. Categorized as one of the disabled, dole-scrounging underclass, she is finding it hard to make ends meet. Now, in her part time placement at the local newspaper, she’s stumbled onto a troubling link between the disappearance of several homeless people, the new government Care and Protect Bill and the sinister extension of the Grassybanks residential home for the disabled, elderly and vulnerable. Can she afford the potential risk to herself and her wonderful guide dog Chris of further investigation?
Maggie Gee has written of this novel: 'Where is the satirist we need now, with the welfare state in chaos and politics a TV reality show? She is the fabulous, funny, sharp, outrageous Tanvir Bush, and Britain must read her. With a dauntless but sympathetic heroine, one of the best dog characters in literature and a disabled escort service called the Ladies' Defective Agency, this witty and all too believable novel is a 2017 inheritor of the satirical genius of Lindsay Anderson's Britannia Hospital and Anthony Burgess's Clockwork Orange.'
'Laugh and weep! With wit, flair and imagination, Tanvir Bush unfolds the secret life of a nation on benefits. Our nation....' Fay Weldon
Job Central: in which Alex asks for help and is punished.
From the crossing point at the bottom of the bridge you can gaze left along the glittering punt-strewn river towards the colleges, ancient and modern, or turn to your right to Peter’s Green with its tennis courts, green playing fields and towering horse chestnut trees. Unless circumstances say otherwise, there is no need to look over the bridge to where Job Central is conveniently shielded by a high bank topped with fences and thick bushes. This is a good thing, as Job Central is one of the ugliest buildings in the city.
It’s an imposing five-storey rectangular building with small windows. There is a sullen greyness to its exterior, and the elaborate frontage, a series of ramps and sharp concrete steps, is confusing and, for the less mobile, potentially dangerous. As Chris guides Alex carefully into the building her sight dims; her addled rod and cone cells, unable to process light properly, cannot cope with a sudden change from sun to shade. Back come the teasing shifting shadows through which she can just make out another cat’s cradle of ropes criss-crossing the lobby and a couple of small signs she can’t read. Chris can’t read either, and although there are several people in the various queues watching Alex, no one says a word. She can make out people’s outlines but not faces, and scans around until she happens upon what she presumes, by the cracking radio and stance, is a bored security guard.
Heading to your door!
Monday, 26 November 2018
Whar a journey we are on together! The special editions of CULL are out and if you haven't got yours yet, you will have soon! Do contact Unbound if you are worried it might have flown to a different address or got lost!
It is hard to believe that there are people now gently creaking open the freshly printed editions and beginning to read... When you get to the end, do fill in the survey online…
The COVER! And last chance to get your name in!!
Friday, 3 August 2018
Hello lovely CULL supporters,
Here is the cover for CULL! I think, and I hope you agree, it is a smackeroo and will catch eyes and entice reader's all over the country! If you want to there is still time to pledge for a framed copy for your wall (or someone else's). PLEDGES continue BUT there will no longer be a chance to have your name in the list of supporters in the back of the book AFTER…
Grace, CULL and the End (of 2017, that is)!
Sunday, 31 December 2017
I have been out-calendared.
Seriously. Here is me handing over a pretty (perchance a little dull) South West Guide Dog Association calendar to Grace’s new family for Christmas. ‘Grace is Ms December!’ I twinkle smugly.
‘Ahh, that’s lovely!’, they reply, handing me a calendar they have made themselves. On their shiny calendar, EVERY month is Grace month!!! Grace, and Max her new buddy, Grace…
Friday, 20 October 2017
Hello you lovely lot,
Are you well? Many apologies for the long wait between updates but got a lot to tell you. Need a coffee before we start? I’ll put the kettle on if you get the biscuits.
Okay, here is the dish. The CULL special edition is going to be with you, the supporters, before Dec 2018 (yes, that’s 20 - eighteen) and the trade version out into the shops for around January 2019.…
Walking the Walk
Thursday, 21 September 2017
Dear Cull Supporters,
I emailed my edited manuscript off to Unbound on Tuesday morning. It’s gone. Vamoosed. I had a thank you and instruction NOT to do anymore changes. 'Back away from the computer.' In a few days I will have feed-back and be able to share with you the production schedule.
In the meantime, I have been walking. I do the Bath Skyline sponsored walk this Sunday (for Julian…
We Did It!
Saturday, 26 August 2017
100%! We did it! Thank you so very, VERY, much!
Grace and I want to thank you for believing in this book, for your wonderful encouragement, support and all your pledges! THANK YOU!!
Grace is heading off with her new family for a holiday now but promises to help me out with some interviews and PR on her return. In the meantime, this Bank Holiday there is still time to pledge to buy…
Creating literary medicine from Nazi poison.
Monday, 21 August 2017
I write this to celebrate the wonderful news that we have hit 91%
...and have 207 beautiful, brave, clearly remarkably intelligent and compassionate supporters. I want to thank you with all my heart!
I also write this because it is the 21st August and Deaf and Disability organisations from across the United Kingdom will today highlight the Government’s ongoing human rights violations…
CULL's Funding Rockets!
Tuesday, 25 July 2017
Have you heard the wonderful news? Yesterday CULL hit 82% of the funding total
...and we are beginning to prepare for the next stage, heading towards the edit, cover design and…da da DAAA…PUBLICATION! Can you believe it? There is the distinct possibility that all of you who have pledged will have a copy, still hot from the presses, in your hands before the year is out! Time to put the prosecco…
Saturday, 15 July 2017
Hello dearest CULL cohort,
The wonderful news is that this very week we have hit 63% of total!
THANK YOU, each and every one, for your generous pledges and your continued and inspirational support. It is amazing to think how far we have come and how it will now take just £4,100 to hit the target and for you to all have actual copies of CULL in your hands!
This means so much to…
Creative Writing Laboratory? What's the story?
Monday, 26 June 2017
What on earth is a ‘Creative Writing Laboratory’ and why should I try one?
Research has shown the incredible benefits of the arts on health; both mental and physical. In the last couple of months alone I have come across new research providing greater scientific evidence of the powerful effects of expressive arts. I heard, for instance, at the Culture, Health and Well Being Conference in…
Dog Lover? Don't vote Tory!
Wednesday, 31 May 2017
Are you a dog lover? Do you support Guide Dogs and other assistance dogs? Then this is why you should NOT vote Tory.
The snap election is nearly upon us. Some of you may even have your postal vote ready but if you are thinking about voting for the Conservative Party and call yourself a dog lover, I suggest you read this and reconsider your vote.
It is VERY simple.
Guide Dogs and…
Middle-aged, VI Woman in Death-Defying Five Cartwheel Celebration Stunner! (Viewer discretion advised).
Sunday, 30 April 2017
WE ARE OVER HALF WAY!!
Thank you so much much to everyone who has pledged and shared! In the pre-election climate, now more than ever, we need voices from the disabled community, voices that inspire debate, laughter and empathy. CULL is one such voice!
Please, my friends, if you believe in the novel, in us, keep spreading the word. Would a company, charity or institution you are connected…
'I, Daniel Blake'!
Monday, 17 April 2017
A Packed Auditorium...
...for the first screening of the award winning film, 'I Daniel Blake'. Several people, some visably disraught in the wake of the film's difficult themes about the inhumanity of the current wefare system, joined us for a 'debriefing' discussion. We were lucky enough to have Suzanne Wigmore from Citizens Advice Bureau on hand to give direction and information on the local…
Urgent Updates from Tanvi and Grace!
Tuesday, 11 April 2017
A Little More Grace!
Monday, 20 March 2017
Short Film Addition to Previous Post!
This lovely very short film was made this Sunday by Janice Boswell, guide dog pupy walker extraordinaire! We were on the Corsham and Chippenham Guide dog Volunteer Branch dog walk and had over 23 dogs: working, retired and puppy guide dogs and multitude motley others. I have recently found out that Grace, who had such a tough time with illnes last summer…
Monday, 20 March 2017
The Meaning of LIFE! 42%
You WONDERFUL bunch! Thanks to all of your generous support we have now hit 42% and the half way point can be spotted, flags waving, just over the next hill! THANK YOU so much for believing in this novel and its potential!
There has been much going on! Two weeks ago I gave a presentation to the Empathy and Writing Group at Bath Spa University. The theme was ‘Animals…
Raise an eyebrow, friend!
Sunday, 12 February 2017
Today has been a muddy grey, the whole world a bleak concrete and mucky caramel, sodden mistiness and a dusting of dandruff snow that never settled. Of all the things I bash through when it comes to visual impairment, the steady draining away of colour is the hardest to reconcile with.
It also the hardest to explain partly because colour and how we experience it, like smell and taste, is so subjective…
Corsham Talking - radio interview from this morning.
Monday, 30 January 2017
Hello to all my wonderful supporters,
Just to let you know, following from my previous post, all is well with us and I am waiting to hear back from the police and will then organise to visit the school. Thank you for all the calls and kind messages of support! They were greatly appreciated! Keeping the writing brief as below is a link to a local radio interview I did this morning. I am in at 19…
Peddling Hate Crime
Monday, 23 January 2017
I was going to blog about the weekend and the ascendency of the Ghastly Orange Man to the White House, the Women’s March and our hitting 32% of our target! I was going to… but then today, as I drift back from a rather half hearted gym session, enjoying the bright haze of sun and the crisp cold air, I am nearly run down by two young men on one bike, one peddling, one leaning over the handlebars. They…
Lovely write up in the Wiltshire Gazette and Herald!
Thursday, 19 January 2017
And we hit 31% this morning! A huge thank you and proper blog this weekend,
And if anyone wants to read my views on tree climbing and diaabled access please head straight to my recent blog for Disability Rights UK
Monday, 16 January 2017
Dear friends and supporters,
I am very happy to say that today we are at 29%! Thank you all so very much for your wonderful support. At this rate, and with your continued encouragement, I believe we can hit the half way post by the first of February!
This is very exciting for me, especially since I raised the stakes by casually pronouncing to…
How it all works!
Saturday, 17 December 2016
Right now, Grace my guide dog is out with her pal, Maisie. Last time she was out with that pup she came back having saturated herself in some of the worst smelling swill infused stagnant water in Wiltshire. I attempted to bath her and she escaped and shook poo-ey water and baby shampoo across the entire flat. And she wonders why we don't have visitors...
(Photo by Kerry: pretty young golden lab…
'Cull' is launched!
Friday, 16 December 2016
Hello all and welcome! I am absolutely delighted to be launching my novel 'CULL' with Unbound! Over the next few weeks I will be sharing the process of creating and developing my novel, occasional excerpts, the back ground to and the reasons why I wanted to write such a book in the first place. Meet me here for all updates and I look forward to your thoughts and feedback!
These people are helping to fund Cull.