In Ian McEwan’s new novella The Cockroach the main character, Jim Sams, undergo a metamorphosis from an average nobody to the most powerful man in Britain when he wakes up to find himself the Prime Minister.
‘While his batteries began to charge, I made us coffee then scrolled through the 470-page online handbook. Its language was mostly clear and precise. But Adam was created across different agencies and in places the instructions had the charm of a nonsense poem. “Unreveal upside of B347k vest to gain carefree emoticon with motherboard output to attenuate mood-swing penumbra.”‘