UK writer whose first novel, The Last Election (1986), depicts with singular ferocity a NEAR FUTURE UK ruled by the Money Party and its senile Nanny; OVERPOPULATION and the total loss of a manufacturing base lead to the government's dissemination of a painkiller which causes premature ageing in the poor. The final election, won by Nanny with the aid of a powerful advertising agency, is soon over. In Dollarville (1989 US), refocusing his Swiftian rage on less local targets, PD constructs an impressively surreal though unspecific venue, a world polluted beyond redemption in which the rich are inconceivably corrupt; in this environment, a decent-hearted advertising man attempts to save a woman ecologist from a porno king; but the world ends.

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