Books > Fiction > 2020


  • RRP: £8.99 (print) / £4.99 (ebook)
  • Format: Paperback
  • Extent: 156 pages
  • Dimensions (mm): 198 x 129
  • ISBN: 9781910192559
  • Ebook ISBN: 9781910192566
  • Genres: Contemporary fiction, Literary fiction
  • Book tags: thriller
  • Publication date: May 25, 2017


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Longlisted for the Portico Prize 2019

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

Trade information

  • Rights: World
  • BIC code(s): FA
  • BISAC code(s): FIC019000


About the author

Kenneth Steven

Kenneth Steven is a successful poet, novelist and children’s writer who has published some 25 books. His BBC Radio 4 documentary on the island of St Kilda won him a Sony Award. His previous novel, The Well of the North Wind (SPCK, 2016), was a spiritual tale set on 6th-century Iona, whilst Beneath the Ice (Saraband, 2016) tells the story of the Arctic Sami people.

Praise for Kenneth Steven:

“Steven’s first novel robustly and sensitively explores the debilitating consequences of abuse, violence and the lack of love. It promises even greater things to follow.” – Scotland on Sunday.

“There is a grave beauty in these lines, revealing a poetic voice of great sensitivity.” – Alexander McCall Smith.

“Kenneth has a rare gift of being able to transmute the mundane into the mesmerizing, in a kind of poetic alchemy.” – Countryman.

“Here is poetry of rare honesty, touching on the vital needs of the spirit in our age and manifesting a profound awareness of and concern for the world about us.” – John F Deane.

“Has a talent for capturing the startling, original image . . . he is a fine, fine poet.” – New Shetlander.