When the author offered me a copy of The Baby Auction to review I was I intrigued. What a title for a book!
Romance, revenge, revolution – and a forensic analysis of how market capitalism destroys human kindness. The author’s profits to Shelter – the housing and homelessness charity. Available through all e-book outlets and bookshops.
The Baby Auction is based around two couples in the Market World where The One Law resides over everyone to keep order and stop the world from falling back into despair.
Matt and Ed are a man and woman in the lower class in Market World and early in the book we find out about their hard life and upbringings. Despite that, they have high morals and strive for more for their lives. Anna and Dain are on the opposite end of the spectrum. Dain is Captain of the City Guard and Anna is a rising entrepreneur in Market World. They view Market World as a fair place and see the value of upholding The One Law.
Through various incidents, the lives of both couples end up intertwined. The incidents highlight further that something is not right in Market World. The treatment of the lower classes is described in scary detail.
The Baby Auction was too realistic at times for me. As a person in general, I like to escape from the harsh reality of life though books and films. This book didn’t allow me to do this (and perhaps this was exactly what the author wanted). The scenes were too harsh and too similar to our current state of world affairs for me. The horrible character Franklin in the Market World reminds me of a certain character in the limelight.
To conclude, though excellently written, this book just wasn’t for me. It was too realistic and too close to real life. The Baby Auction doesn’t allow the reader to dig their head in the sand. It strikes a powerful message but I prefer books where I can forget about the real world for a while. I’d like to thank Peter again for the opportunity to review this book. And the fact that the profits are going to help people does make this book pretty special.
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- The author has some copies for £6.99 if people direct message him for details.
About the author
PETERTAYLOR-GOOBY is a leading sociologist who has advised Lloyd’s of London, the European Commission and the (previous) UK Prime Minister, and been awarded an OBE. He has written 33 academic books and two novels: ‘research may analyse our changing world, but it is our feelings that drive the way we live our lives. That is why I write novels.’