Not going to lie – I am super excited about today’s cover reveal. Karen Sullivan and Orenda Books always bring me books which are sure to delight and which keep me completely and utterly enthralled, but I hadn’t expected the wonder that would come from reading the debut novel by Orenda’s very own West Camel, Attend. Described as ‘magical surrealism’, magical really was the perfect description for a truly memorable tale and I have been eagerly awaiting this next book for what feels like ages. When Karen asked me if I would like to host the cover reveal for Fall, I didn’t hesitate for a minute and I am delighted to be able to share it with you today. Before we take a look at the book, here’s a taster of what you can expect …
About the Book
Estranged brothers are reunited over plans to develop the tower block where they grew up, but the desolate estate becomes a stage for reliving the events of one life-changing summer.
Twins Aaron and Clive have been estranged for forty years. Aaron still lives in the empty, crumbling tower block on the riverside in Deptford where they grew up. Clive is a successful property developer, determined to turn the tower into luxury flats.
But Aaron is blocking the plan and their petty squabble becomes something much greater when two ghosts from the past – twins Annette and Christine – appear in the tower. At once, the desolate estate becomes a stage on which the events of one scorching summer are relived – a summer that shattered their lives, and changed everything forever…
Grim, evocative and exquisitely rendered, Fallis a story of friendship and family – of perception, fear and prejudice, the events that punctuate our journeys into adulthood, and the indelible scars they leave – a triumph of a novel that will affect you long after the final page has been turned.
Doesn’t that sound amazing? The book will be out in ebook format on 9th October and paperback from 9th December – perfect Christmas present there – just saying. You don’t need to wait to order though as you can find the book at Amazon right now, primed for preorders. And keep an eye open for more retailers to come, including the option to buy directly from Orenda Books.
Trust me – West is an amazing writer and. you are going to want his books on your shelf. If you don’t believe me, here is what my fellow readers think:
Praise for West Camel’s debut novel Attend
‘From its opening gambit to its final line, Attend demands and rewards attention’ Foreword Reviews
’With its blend of dark, gritty themes and gorgeous imagery, this is a book to make you believe there’s still magic in the world’ Heat
‘I’ve fallen in love with this absolutely glorious, spell-binding tale’ LoveReading
‘It’s a genuinely pleasurable experience to encounter something couched in such alert and transparent language as West Camel’s Attend … In three hundred finely judged pages, West Camel leaves the reader eager for more from his pen’ Barry Forshaw, CrimeTime
‘Lyrical and intense, the spellbinding prose is full of carefully chosen words which create an emotive and flowing’ Crime Review
‘Rich, lively and intelligent, Attend is a novel of mystery, morality and meaning, but so delicately sewn together, you never notice the seams…’ Rosie Goldsmith
‘There is such a joy to the language. West Camel is a truly gifted wordsmith, and a beautiful storyteller’ Louise Beech
That’s enough from me though – you want to see the cover don’t you? Well, here it is …
Isn’t it perfect for that blurb? Simple and yet stark. I love it. Cannot wait to get reading – why is it not October already? Even the thought of this is making me very, very happy. 😃
About the Author
Born and bred in south London – and not the Somerset village with which he shares a name – West Camel worked as an editor in higher education and business before turning his attention to the arts and publishing. He has worked as a book and arts journalist, and was editor at Dalkey Archive Press, where he edited the Best European Fiction 2015 anthology, before moving to new press Orenda Books just after its launch. He currently combines his
work as editor at Orenda Books with writing and editing a wide range of material for various arts organisations, including ghost- writing a New-Adult novel and editing The Riveter magazine for the European Literature Network. He has also written several short scripts, which have been produced in London’s fringe theatres, and was long listed for the Old Vic’s 12 playwrights project. Attend is his first novel.
Books by West Camel