With the Chinese economy dominating, there is no autonomy without privacy. Football controls everyone’s lives, and China is desperate to hold the World Cup. When international celebrity footballer John Tao is caught with his pants down by the paparazzi, will all things remain the same in this digitalised world, and who is Augustine Illumines? Spit Roast is a mind-bending novel, transgressing countries, species, sexuality, and gender, Orlando-style. We traverse the entire life of one man, woman, and beast, knowing no boundaries, and ceasing to conform. Wherever we go, wherever anyone goes, John Tao is incarnate in everyone’s life, spit roasting the central perk of a half-a-million-a-week salary. From his disturbing days on the front and back pages, to John Tao’s blissful retirement, Spit Roast dissects a man and a culture on the brink.
‘An odyssey – those looking for the heir to William Burroughs have found him here. Like Will Self and JG Ballard, Jason Lee has once again invented an entirely unique world. With Spit Roast, culture’s existential sexual underbelly, all those pigs in sweaty blankets, is unfurled.’
‘A remarkable talent.’
David Dabydeen, Professor of Comparative Literature University of Warwick, Guyana’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the People’s Republic of China
Review – “echoes of Joyce, Huxley, and Burgess”