Down that road with Eusa

"I said, 'Weare going aint we.'
The crowd said, 'Yes weare going.'
I said, 'Down that road with Eusa.'
They said, 'Time and reqwyrt.'
I said, 'Where them Chaynjis take us.' 
They said, 'He done his time wewl do our time.'
I said, 'Hes doing it for us.' 
They said, 'Weare doing it for him.'
I said, 'Keap it going. Chances this time.'
They said, 'Chances nex time.'
I said, 'New chance every time.'
They said, 'New chance every time.'

Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban is set 2,000 years from the present day post-nuclear apocalyptic Kent. Hoban wrote the book after coming the UK in search of inspiration and to walk the streets of writers such as M.R James and Arthur Machen. Eventually, he ended up in Kent, traversing Cambry, Widders Dump, Sam's Itch and The Ram.

The central folklore in Riddley Walker is formed around the above painting of St.Eustace dating back to 1480, that was uncovered in Canterbury Cathedral in 1830 when a lime wash was removed from the walls. 

We are endlessly obsessed with the book and could not recommend it more, especially those living in Kent and those who have visited the area. Expect riddles, apocalyptic folklore, tales of clevverness and a twisted version of Punch and Judy. 

Check out Hoban in conversation with Will Self at the British Library in 2011.