"You are not yet permitted, reader, to know the secrets of The Quick.
For now, please make do with the following –
You will travel to Victorian England, and there, in the wilds of Yorkshire, you will meet a brother and sister alone in the world, a pair bound by tragedy. You will, in time, enter the rooms of London’s mysterious Aegolius Club – a society of the richest, most ambitious men in England. And at some point, we cannot say when, a trapdoor will open, the contours of reality will change, and the secrets of The Quick will reveal themselves.
In her first novel, Lauren Owen has created an utterly beguiling fantastical world. As emotionally involving as it is suspenseful, The Quick will establish her as one of contemporary fiction's most dazzling talents, as early readers can already testify.
Lauren Owen is twenty-nine years old and grew up in the grounds of an old country house in Yorkshire. Her first attempts at writing as a teenager were Harry Potter fan fictions. She is a graduate of St Hilda's, Oxford, holds an MA in Victorian Literature, is completing a PhD on Gothic writing and fan culture, and is the recipient of the Curtis Brown Prize for best writer on the UEA creative-writing programme. The Quick is her first novel."
I can't wait to get my teeth into this great new book. It sounds so exciting and full of mystery! I will update you once I have read it but for now you are able to buy your own copy on Amazon for just £7.33.
Let me know what you think if you do have a read!