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Guest Post: Dave Hutchinson

Europe In, Europe In Autumn – by Dave Hutchinson A lot of people have described the Europe in Europe In Autumn as ‘dystopian,’ but I don’t quite see it that way. True, there’s the thing about all the borders and the thing about the Xian Flu, but I see it as quite an exciting, vibrant place, a place of great possibility, a fabulous playground for a writer to indulge himself in. The book is really about borders, about freedom, about going places others cannot go, and it wouldn’t have worked if I’d set it in present-day Europe. The Schengen Agreement means you can get a bus from Madrid to Warsaw – if you’re of a sturdy constitution – and never have to stop at passport control. I like that, but it’s less interesting as the background of a story and it also means that the Secret at the heart of the book would have had less punch and relevance. I suppose I ought to nail my colours to the mast and tell you that I’m …