Jesse Armstrong

Jesse Armstrong: Love, Sex and Other Foreign Policy Goals

In Conversation with Nikesh Shukla

Novel Writers/
Mon 19 October 2015

Jesse Armstrong: Love, Sex and Other Foreign Policy Goals

In Conversation with Nikesh Shukla

Jesse Armstrong
Mon 19 October 2015,

PLEASE NOTE: this event has been rescheduled to Monday 19 October 2015.

Each month Spike Island in partnership with Bristol Festival of Ideas invites a debut novelist to read from and talk about their work in a relaxed, informal setting. This summer, we have asked two Bristol-based authors, Emylia Hall and Nikesh Shukla, to each select a debut novel that they are excited by. Extracts are available in advance but prior knowledge of the texts is not essential.

Love, Sex and Other Foreign Policy Goals by Jesse Armstrong

It’s 1994 and the former Yugoslavia is being torn apart. In England, a gang of good-hearted young people are about to set off in a Ford Transit van armed with several sacks of rice and a half-written play. A play which will light a beacon of peace across the Balkans and, very probably, stop the war.

Andrew would love to stop the war. He has one of the most comprehensively developed personal foreign policies of anyone working on a building site in the Greater Manchester area. He feels everyone should have a foreign policy, really. What sort of person doesn’t have a foreign policy? But what he’d like to do – maybe even more than stopping the war – is sleep with Penny, who he is pretty sure might be the love of his life.

Jesse Armstrong is the co-creator of one of the best sitcoms every made, Peep Show, as well as the hilarious Babylon and Fresh Meat. His comedy is so unafraid of showing his characters’ darkness while keeping them loveable. I loved this book. It’s hilarious and dark and loveable. – Nikesh Shukla

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