In a land not too far away and a time yet to be decided, one man and his dad embark on an epic journey of war, peace, love, religion, magnificent flying machines and mushy peas.
THE BASTARD WONDERLAND is the astonishing debut fantasy novel from Hull writer Lee Harrison.
“Utterly magical – Around The World In Eighty Days meets Steptoe and Son” – Russ Litten
“THE BASTARD WONDERLAND is a novel of startling originality. Heartfelt and brutal, sympathetic and strange, Lee Harrison’s début novel stands head and shoulders above the rest in the crowd – and, in William Warboys Jr, Harrison has created a hero for our times: lost and down on his luck, vicious and vacant and decent, trapped by circumstance and always yearning for something more. THE BASTARD WONDERLAND might just be one of the great 21st century novels; that it takes place in an imaginary otherworld matters not one bit. This, finally, is where fantasy gets modern.” – Robert Dinsdale
“The Bastard Wonderland is a characterful debut through a splendidly realised world at the verge of a new age. Harrison perfectly captures the northern sensibility. His is a voice that feels genuinely fresh, unafraid to tackle the unusual, and infused with great vision and imagination. Hopefully, this book heralds the start of a long and fruitful career in fantasy fiction.” – Oliver Langmead
“Alternately familiar and fantastical, homely and harrowing, The Bastard Wonderland‘s mix of industrial imperialism and magic makes it a truly unique, compelling debut.” – Mike Brooks
“The Bastard Wonderland is a quirky, humorous, original page turner, that provides a breath of fresh air for the fantasy genre” – Gavin Smith
Lee Harrison was born in Kingston Upon-Hull, where fantastical stories and daft thoughts helped him hide from real life until Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom inspired him to study Religion at Lancaster University. He negotiated his return to Hull with some short stories that were published by Route before returning to his fantasy master-plan to write The Bastard Wonderland, which he describes as a kitchen sink epic.