What Might Have Been: The Story of a Social War (Abridged / Paperback)

What Might Have Been: The Story of a Social War By Ernest Bramah, Jeremy Hawthorn (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Ernest Bramah, Jeremy Hawthorn (Introduction by)
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"Abounds in humor and wit, especially in the early chapters. Bramah's condemnation of the power of the press to corrupt and mislead is a pertinent today as it was in 1907" -Times Literary Supplement

This satirical speculative novel of political resistance is better known in its abridged form as The Secret of the League (1909). It mixes science fiction, social realism and office espionage, and accurately predicted the invention of the fax machine and the ascendancy of Labour politics. What Might Have Been is a political thriller, with a nail-biting Buchanesque car chase, a sea battle that C S Forester could have written, and dramatic rescue missions in the air. The flying machines are both delightful and dramatic.

Now, for the first time since 1907, What Might Have Been is available at its original length, with 7000 words restored to recreate this lost landmark in British speculative fiction. The critical introduction by Jeremy Hawthorn sets out the novel's history, and its connections with Bramah's more famous literary works, The Wallet of Kai Lung, and Max Carrados.

About the Author

Ernest Bramah (1868-1943) was an English author and journalist, who kept a very tight hold of his public persona. He is best known for his satirical short stories about the faux Chinese sage Kai Lung, and the Max Carrados stories, about a blind Edwardian detective. What Might Have Been is his only novel.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781999828004
ISBN-10: 1999828003
Abridged: Yes
Publisher: Handheld Classics
Publication Date: October 30th, 2017
Pages: 333
Language: English