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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Hugo Wilcken's New Novel

Hugo Wilcken, author of the David Bowie book in our series, has just had his second novel published in the UK, by HarperCollins.

You can buy a copy from Amazon.co.uk here - I'll be buying my copy when I'm over in the UK next week.

American rights to the novel are still available, so if you work for a fiction publisher and you're interested, drop me an email and I'll put you in touch with Hugo.

And here's a synopsis of the book:

The year is 1928. Sabir – petty criminal, drifter, war veteran – is on a prison ship, bound for a notorious penal settlement in the French tropics. On his arrival, he is sent out to a work camp deep in the South American rain forest. There, he wins the confidence of the camp's idealistic commandant, who sets him the task of carving a landscaped garden out of the surrounding wilderness. At the same time, Sabir plans his getaway with a band of like-minded convicts, through the jungle and across the ocean on a stolen boat. His only hope, he realises, is to become someone else entirely. To escape into a different dream…

Colony is a gripping narrative of mystery and menace, set in a tropical underworld. Brilliantly evoking an atmosphere of colonial decay, the novel explores the ever-shifting boundaries between identity, memory and reality.

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