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Fire Sermon (Francesca Haig) + Harper Voyager Blogger event.

Today (Sat 24th Jan) was one of those great rare days when i get invited to a publisher event (along with many other far more talented people) … The subject of the event? The launch of the upcoming Fire Sermon due out on the 26th Feb 2015.

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So up nice and early and on the train to London, leaving behind the wife and my little Diva

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Powering through the usual East coast mainline farce (they had reserved the same seat for 3 people…inc me) on a packed train, picturing a 90 min stand to lLondoni sighed down to the last carriage, and struck lucky with a reserved seat who hadn’t turned up…and what would any self respecting blogger do next… Out with the book ( Long Sword by Christian Cameron… review to come soon)

Due at 11.30am , in my usual fashion i arrived very early…

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(Anyone recognise the location?)

on a lovely sunny day you see the great buildings and sights in a different way…. none so much as coming out of the London Bridge Tube station…

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This is what you see just rising up in front of you, the stop must have been deliberately positioned to give this awe inspiring view as you rise up the escalator.

This is only the start of the amazing view that is the new Harper offices

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and the view from inside…one so fabulous that you wonder if anyone will get any work done

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this is only a small part of the stunning panoramic view from this wonderful new office building.

All this and i had not even got to the main event….meeting Francesca Haig and her wonderful new book.

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Greeted by Francesca… “Parmenionbooks, are you the one who has been tweeting me?”….. erm….. quickly tries to remember how cheeky i had been “Yes…erm thats me”…. yup i stunned her with my witty repartee!

I need not have worried, she was a truly lovely person to meet, (as was her husband and little one). We were treated to tea and coffee and then a reading or two from the pending excellence that is Fire Sermon

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(please note in the background the splendid book wall… close up below)

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also add in the some quite excellent typewriter table lamps (want one)

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The author reading soon turned into the blogger Q&A…. just for a few seconds there was that stunned silence of …”agghhh i don’t want to be first”.. i didn’t really help here.

But soon those other talented bloggers soon had Francesca pouring out little facts. When you read the book, pay attention to place names, there are some nods to dystopian authors of the past. We learned the origin of character names, where she wrote the book, how she wrote the book, the inspiration for the book and more. It all made for a fascinating morning…. and honestly everyone was listening, not thinking about cake…

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nope…no thinking about cake at all…from anyone….

(i snagged one of these for the Diva)…..

and some lunch for me….(lovely sandwiches Harper Voyager thank you)

Then a surprise book signing and a copy of the book for each blogger and and goody bag of other books (yey… also containing a very interesting flyer for An Ember in the Ashes  – 4 Jun 2015 by Sabaa Tahir, i’m very intrigued by this one)… and a copy of Joe Abercrombie Half a World

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So for a blogger it was a wonderful day out, meeting some wonderful people…. some of the best being the lovely ladies of Harper Voyager themselves, a group who look after us all year long as readers, and went above and beyond today. THANK YOU.

and Thank you to Francesca Haig (and her family)

and those who enjoy this blog, or just seethe with jealousy…please read the book…(Review ) its compelling reading. For me…. its a heck of a long wait for book 2.




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Francesca Haig: Fire Sermon (review)


Francesca Haig

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Francesca Haig is an author and academic. Her poetry is widely published, and her novel The Fire Sermon(the first in a post-apocalyptic trilogy) will be published in February 2015 by HarperVoyager (UK) and March 2015 by Simon & Schuster (US and Canada), and is being translated into more than 20 languages. She gained her PhD from the University of Melbourne, and her principal research area is Holocaust literature. She grew up in Tasmania, and currently lives in London. The Fire Sermon (2014) (The first book in the Fire Sermon series) A novel by Francesca Haig

book cover of </p><br /><br /><br /> <p>The Fire Sermon </p><br /><br /><br /> <p>

When Zach and I were born our parents must have counted and recounted: limbs, fingers, toes. The complete set. They would have been disbelieving – nobody dodged the split between Alpha and Omega. Nobody. Born as twins. Raised as enemies. One strong Alpha twin and one mutated Omega; the only thing they share is the moment of their death. The Omegas live in segregation, cast out by their families as soon as their mutation becomes clear. Forced to live apart, they are ruthlessly oppressed by their Alpha counterparts. The Alphas are the elite. Once their weaker twin has been cast aside, they’re free to live in privilege and safety, their Omega twin far from their thoughts. Cass and Zach are both perfect on the outside: no missing limbs, no visible Omega mutation. But Cass has a secret: one that Zach will stop at nothing to expose. The potential to change the world lies in both their hands. One will have to defeat the other to see their vision of the future come to pass, but if they’re not careful both will die in the struggle for power.

Review Debut novels are something i love to get my hands on, and the hype around this book made my desire to read it double… then i saw the cover art, im a sucker for a good cover and this one is crack(l)ing. As i started the book i have to admit to a small struggle, but world building take a little time, if done well it can draw in the reader, suck them into the mind and wonder of the writer. This book is no different, before i had hit chapter three i was hooked, drawn into the compelling concept of linked twins, with an unjust un-equal relationship. A relationship that breeds division and different classes. I was very much reminded during the reading of this book and its treatment of the omegas, of the way humanity treats those they feel inferior, the nazis and the jews, black and white, make and female. The human inability to just live as one. The book had the potential to be very dark, but i felt that the author brought a lightness, a ray of hope, that in amongst the darkness and the struggle there is the potential for redemption, for some one to shout out and topple the crazy leadership that we seem to so easily fall in behind and serve. There are for me subtle parallels in that the council have a dark agenda, one that they pursue without mandate from those who may have put them in power, some may say in a similar way to our own modern politicians who seem to promise anything to get power and then deliver nothing but pursue their own ends.

Fire Sermon as well gives us a heart warming tale of two people thrust into an impossible race for survival, pursued by odds too great to survive, chasing a dream, and ideal, and really just wanting to find peace and time to live quietly. Its a truly original tale, with a compelling and addictive plot and deep rich characters.

Highly recommended (Parm)


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