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Doodled Books is thrilled to present Michael Logan’s first novel Apocalypse Cow - a comedic tale of zombie animals overrunning the UK - that was joint winner of the Terry Pratchett Anywhere But Here, Anywhen But Now prize for debut novelists, published by Transworld.
In May 2012 Michael kindly agreed to sign and doodle 20 books at his home in Nairobi, Kenya. Which you might think was an easy task but due to customs and numerous other issues we never thought we would see these books again! Anyway luckily the books arrived back after 4 months with box and bubble wrap intact. And it has been worth the wait as the doodles are fantastic!

Michael has also published short fiction in literary journals and newspapers, including The Telegraph, Chapman, Underground Voices and Cutting Teeth. His flash fiction piece, We Will Go On Ahead And Wait For You, won Fish Publishing's 2008 One-Page fiction competition.

Currently out of the journalism market due to being busy with fiction, Michael was a correspondent for the English newsroom of the German Press Agency dpa, based in Nairobi and covering East, West and Central Africa for four years. Michael also spent three years as dpa's correspondent in Hungary. He freelanced for several years prior to that - in both Hungary and Bosnia - for a variety of publications.

Michael's articles have appeared worldwide in publications such as the CS Monitor, Business New Europe and The Sunday Herald, as well as being syndicated to CBS and ABC. He has reported on a wide range of events of global interest, from World Economic Forum meetings in Davos to the 2010 South Africa World Cup, and has covered visits from top world leaders such as George W. Bush, Tony Blair and Vladimir Putin. He has also interviewed top-level politicians. 
About the book
When scientists with warped imaginations accidentally unleash an experimental bioweapon that transforms Britain's animals into sneezing, bloodthirsty zombies with a penchant for pre-dinner sex with their victims, three misfits become the unlikely hope for salvation.
Abattoir worker Terry Borders' love life is crippled by the stench of death that clings to his skin from his days spent slaughtering cows; teenage vegan Geldof 'Scabby' Peters alternates between scratching furiously at his rash and baiting his overbearing New Age mother; and inept journalist Lesley McBrien struggles forlornly in the shadow of her famous war correspondent father and the star journalist at the Glasgow Tribune.
When Britain begins a rapid descent into chaos and ministers cynically attempt to blame al-Qaeda, Lesley stumbles upon proof that the government is behind the outbreak. During her bumbling quest to unveil the truth, she crosses paths with Terry and Geldof, and together they set out to escape a quarantined Britain with the evidence and vital data that could unlock a cure for the virus.
Standing in the way are rampaging hordes of animals, a ruthless security agent and an army ready to shoot anybody with a case of the sniffles on the off-chance the virus has mutated.
Three losers. Overwhelming odds. A single outcome: the world is screwed.
Apocalypse Cow made me snort with laughter (Terry Pratchett )

Some moments are very good indeed... Apocalypse Cow is a pacy, entertaining read (We Love This Book )

It is a comic, blood-soaked romp through the UK, at times a hilarious social satire, and at others an action-packed gore fest, sure to please fans of the traditional zombie story. But most of all, it's an accomplished novel by a promising writer (Press Association )

The writing is full of sardonic wit and wordplay, much in the same way of Pratchett's Discworld, and each chapter begins with a pun (this is somewhat to be expected in a book called Apocalypse Cow, but will leave readers laughing and groaning in equal measure) (Bookgeeks )

The book ploughs the same furrows as Shaun of the Dead, wonderfully parodying the zombie and survival horror genre, but at the same time paying homage to it. It is worthy of a place amongst the best apocalyptic fiction, and while it may not be as prescient or deep as some others in this area, it is still eminently readable, brilliantly written and side-splitting funny (Bookgeeks )
From the Inside Flap
It began with a cow that just wouldn't die. It would become an epidemic that transformed Britain's livestock into sneezing, slavering, flesh-craving four-legged zombies.
And if that wasn't bad enough, the fate of the nation seems to rest on the shoulders of three unlikely heroes: an abattoir worker whose love life is non-existent thanks to the stench of death that clings to him, a teenage vegan with eczema and a weird crush on his maths teacher, and an inept journalist who wouldn't recognize a scoop if she tripped over one.
As the nation descends into chaos, can they pool their resources, unlock a cure, and save the world?
Three losers.
Overwhelming odds.
One outcome . . .
Yup, we're screwed.
From the Back Cover
'Apocalypse Cow made me snort with laughter.'
About the Author
Michael Logan is a Scottish journalist, whose career has taken him across the globe. He left Scotland in 2003 at the age of 32, has lived in Bosnia, Hungary, Switzerland and Kenya, and reported from many other countries. His experience of riots, refugee camps and other turbulent situations helps fuel his writing. Apocalypse Cow is his first novel. His short fiction has appeared in literary journals and his piece We Will Go On Ahead and Wait for You won Fish Publishing's 2008 international One-Page Fiction Prize.
He currently lives in Nairobi and is married with two young children.
Product details
  • First Edition First Printing
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday (10 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857521179
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857521170
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.5 x 3.8 cm


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