BRIOHNY DOYLE is the author of the critically acclaimed cli-fi novel The Island Will Sink, a darkly funny vision of an anomalous postmodern world where virtual reality and environmental catastrophe collide. The Island Will Sink is the first book from The Lifted Brow, you can order it here.
Her second book, Adult Fantasy, investigates the cultural underpinnings of adulthood, venturing into the big claims of philosophy and the neon buzz of pop culture to ask: in a rapidly changing world, do the so-called adult milestones distract us from more pressing conversations about maturity? You can order that one here. Or you can head to the places good books are sold and find both!
Here's what people are saying:
'It's dangerous to declare anyone the voice of your generation, but if Briohny Doyle was declared the voice of mine, I'd be nothing short of honoured. In this book, she somehow articulates and refines every foggy frustration and anxiety millennials feel about their status, place in life, and where they're headed. This is a book of consolation – reminding us we're not insane or alone – and revelation, by asking all the right questions and finding answers that never fail to surprise and help.'
BEN LAW, AUTHOR OF THE FAMILY LAW
‘A blend of personal essay and cultural criticism from one of Australia’s best emerging practitioners of the form … [Doyle] is emerging as one of Australia’s best essayists.'
MEL CAMPBELL, THE REREADERS
'Adult Fantasy is like a gut-punch from L'Étranger and a balm for anti–Gen Y rhetoric. Confronting, existential, tremendous.'
ANNA SPARGO-RYAN, AUTHOR OF THE PAPER HOUSE
'Rising from the ashes of a tired argument [of conflict between boomers and millennials] is Adult Fantasy, guided by a lively voice and dark humour ... The style, a mash of personal essay and cultural criticism, is a regular feature of American nonfiction and exploded in 2015 with Maggie Nelson's The Argonauts. Similarly, Doyle critiques culture through self, and is tightly reined in her use of personal anecdotes ... Firmly establishing a growing nonfiction genre.'
'A deeply insightful exploration of how traditional milestones can be both outmoded and repressive ... A thoughtful book on the future of young people.'
THE BIG ISSUE
'Doyle’s voice is a mix of cynicism, wryness and impatient desire to shrug off the inheritance of adulthood and not give a shit. Nihilism mingles with paralysing self-awareness. She doesn’t pretend to speak for her generation, but her observational humour and emotional openness make it impossible for the reader not to relate to her struggle.'
'Sharp, entertaining ... a wide-ranging meditation and, in the end, a mature reflection on 50 years of neo-liberalism, millennial political apathy, and the conclusion that responsible freedom rests upon ensuring the freedom of others.'
SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
'A joy to read ... a thoughtful consideration of what getting older looks and feels like to one woman.'
'Doyle observes – and writes – with extraordinary clarity and intellect.'
LISTENER NEW ZEALAND
'Doyle’s two explorations, non-fiction and fiction, are two sides of the same coin. Our lack of basic literacy in both science and media studies has lead us here...If you’re a millennial, or you love one, or you hope to live long enough to see the world governed by them, you should be reading Briohny Doyle.'
TONI JORDAN, THE GUARDIAN
'I love this book. This is the hottest mess of a debut – a dystopian romp, as cinematic as a roller coaster ride, and deep with ideas and heart. It has everything – an amnesiac director of fully immersive disaster movies, an all-knowing coma specialist, a pair of perpetually plugged-in children who know even more, and one sinking island. Picture the technology section of the The Economist as directed by Jill Soloway. I have no higher praise.'
STEVEN AMSTERDAM, AUTHOR OF THE EASY WAY OUT, and THINGS WE DIDN'T SEE COMING
'The structure is adventurous, dense and poetic … I thought of J.G. Ballard’s imaginatively coherent, hard-edged, full-fledged imaginings.'
LUKE DAVIES, SCREENWRITER LION, AUTHOR OF CANDY, GOD OF SPEED
'Intelligent, fast-paced, deeply considered and great fun, The Island Will Sink is a hell of a speculative ride through a future both familiar and strange. Doyle's hyperactive Anthropocene vision is nothing short of thrilling.'
JENNIFER MILLS AUTHOR OF GONE, THE DIAMOND ANCHOR, THE REST IS WEIGHT
'The Island Will Sink is not ‘just’ a novel. It is the most assured and innovative debut I have read in a long time, one that has me excited about the political possibilities of postmodern fiction.'
PIP SMITH, THE AUSTRALIAN
'Science fiction fans will spot echoes of J. G. Ballard and Philip K. Dick in the narrative and quirky incidental moments (Max’s socks have an inbuilt compass and his house changes its settings when he enters). The Island Will Sink is groundbreaking enough to hope it might lead to greater interest in publishing Australian science fiction.'
THE SATURDAY PAPER