In the first year of the 20th Century, a young Englishman returns home from the Boer War. Disillusioned with Empire and fearful for the soul of Albion, he sets out on a pilgrimage into the West Country, determined to identify the key elements of the English character that they may be forever preserved.
In the present day, a young London entrepreneur, owner of the 'cultural consultancy' Authenticity™, defines his contemporaries through their consumer choices with bewildering accuracy, wallows in money and contemplates his growing sense of dissatisfaction.
His father, meanwhile, a junior minister in a failing government, is sent to Africa to deal with the continent's latest tin pot despot. He is as confident of success as he is ambitious of what that success will mean for his career.
Unfailingly relevant, politically astute, moving and funny, Jerusalem is a loving portrait of Englishness as it never was, isn't now and, hopefully, never will be.
An excellent writer, a marvellous novel. A thrilling read
The most thought-provoking novel of the year. An utterly essential read
Extraordinary, ambitious, bitingly, laugh-out-loud satirical . . . quite simply, a must-read
Wildly inventive, funny and superbly original
Funny and exciting, Neate is never less than vivid, whether describing the hideous conditions of an African prison, or a run-down pub in London. Excellent
A corrosive and blistering satire on colonialism and an eloquent, angry and relevant novel that speaks its own truth to power
A multi-layered, jam-packed and often satirical novel rich in ideas and argument. Neate's most inventive book to date . . . invites comparisons with David Mitchell's genre-busting Cloud Atlas
Wonderful, impressive, fascinating. Neate is always an engaging and sharp writer
Witty and acerbic dialogue, an unflagging comic plot, upbeat entertainment
A very funny take on Englishness, colonialism and the search for authenticity