Bill Nighy to read audio of McEwan Cockroach satire

Bill Nighy to read audio of McEwan Cockroach satire

Bill Nighy has been signed up to read the PRH Audio version of Ian McEwan’s upcoming political satire The Cockroach.

The audiobook will be published alongside the paperback novella on 27th September, publisher Jonathan Cape said.

McEwan’s surprise new release, announced earlier this month, plays on Kafka’s classic Metamorphosis, telling the story of Jim Sams. The synopsis explains: "In his previous life he was ignored or loathed, but in his new incarnation he is the most powerful man in Britain – and it is his mission to carry out the will of the people. Nothing must get in his way: not the opposition, nor the dissenters within his own party. Not even the rules of parliamentary democracy.”

An extract of Nighy’s audio version has been made available online.

Dan Franklin, associate publisher, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, from Peter Straus at RCW.

McEwan has described the book as a “political satire in the old tradition” and the only form of action he could take in the wake of the current Brexit crisis.