Troubador Jules and Rom

Released: 28/04/2021

ISBN: 9781800462519

Format: Paperback

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Jules and Rom


In 2040 Kerry Tracker, a newly qualified teacher is appointed to oversee a US high school production of Romeo & Juliet: a tall order, the 10th grade kids in the cast previously caused an emotional meltdown in the android teacher originally assigned to the task. Moreover, the 15 year old rebel ringleader is the daughter of the man whose company supplies all the AI resources in the school.

When a suspicious death takes place in the school and special agent Floyd Linton from Homeland Security pursues the investigation into what happened, the play’s story of young love and social division unfolds against a background of political intrigue as human beings and androids discover themselves through the process of putting on Shakespeare’s timeless masterpiece.

Jules & Rom novel due for ebook release August 21st 2020.

'Pete Mullineaux's new novel is one of the most enjoyable books I've read in the past year. It features a cast of fully-formed and meticulously drawn characters convincingly developed within an entertaining, thought-provoking, and always engaging narrative. It effectively combines a very believable science-fiction scenario with illuminating insights into theatre and theatre practice. Jules & Rom shines a fresh and innovative light on one of Shakespeare's finest plays, re-imagined to have contemporary resonance and impact in an age of AI and challenges to humanity such as war and catastrophic climate change.'

Dr Sean Crosson: BA, MPhil, PHD - Huston School of Film, National University of Ireland Galway; author of Gaelic Games on Film: From Silent Films, to Hollywood Hurling, Horror and the Emergence of Irish Cinema (Cork University Press, 2019); Sport and Film (Routledge, 2013); The Given Note: Traditional Music and Modern Irish Poetry (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008).

'Jules and Rom is an exceedingly interesting piece of science fiction that deftly navigates empathy and artificial intelligence in a novel way...this book manages to suck you into its thoughtfully crafted world. If you have been thinking about the emotional side of our relationship with artificial intelligence, I recommend checking this book out.' Rose Smith -Twentytwotwentyeight Magazine, USA.

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I loved the futuristic setting of the novel, a bleak environment due to global warming. AI is everwhere, from the teaching staff down to the janitor. The story unfolds with humour and pathos. The only things that have remained the same are the bored teenagers and an old school principal with a liking for Rock ans Roll. It's interesting and funny book. Well worth a read.

by Barbara

A fantastic book that I thoroughly enjoyed. The story grabbed me from the opening page right to the very last page - I couldn't put it down! The ideas and moral dilemmas introduced throughout are creatively presented and beautifully resolved. This book is a fun read that handles serious subjects with a wonderfully deft and easy touch. Well done!

by Ben

Your book is not my normal read. I loved it from cover to beautiful cover and found the connection with Romeo and Juliet fascinating. I now need to go and see the play again. I believe it will appeal to reders of all ages. I look forward to your next book!


Pete Mullineaux

Pete grew up in Bristol and lived in London for several years before moving to Galway, Ireland with his partner, fellow writer Moya Roddy and their young daughter Cassie. He works teaching global issues in schools through drama and poetry. Pete has also worked extensively in youth theatre. He is a widely published poet, with four collections, most recently 'How to Bake a Planet' (Salmon Poetry). He has written numerous stage plays and had three radio dramas broadcast by Irish national radio (RTE) including the sci-fi themed 'Butterfly Wings'. Pete has been interviewed and his work discussed on RTE's leading arts/culture programme Arena. He has published three resources for teachers on how to teach global issues through drama.

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