IN 2020, BRITAIN IS AT BREAKING POINT… In a country sorely divided, what happens to empathy and tolerance, to generosity of spirit? And can hope survive? In 2020, years of economic turmoil, bitter debates over immigration, and anger at the political elites have created a maelstrom, a dis-United Kingdom. The country is a bomb waiting to explode. Then it does. As the nightmare unfolds, a myriad of voices – from across the political and social spectrum – offer wildly differing perspectives on the chaotic events… and unexpectedly reveal modern Britain’s soul with 20/20 acuity. Thoughtful, compassionate and sometimes provocative, Kenneth Steven’s 2020 is a parable for our times.


As featured on BBC Radio 4 Front Row

“An important book that should be read by everyone… A gripping and compelling narrative.” Undiscovered Scotland

“Clever and challenging… An honest and at times horrific view of the state of the nation, but run through with humanity and ultimately hope, Kenneth Steven has written a parable for our times, and one which we would do well to take note of.” Scots Whay Hae

“Artfully constructed… the tension is perfectly pitched.” The List

“Exerts the unsettling fascination of events that could easily come to pass.” The Herald


Longlisted for the Portico Prize 2019

Rights Profile

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World, except North America (Sky Horse)

Original Language

Samples Available
Full text available in English



Publication Date

May 2017


2020 on the Saraband Books website