More than a month ago, a parcel arrived with strict instructions that it was not to be opened until 31st October. Well the day has finally arrived and just look at what was inside! A copy of The Gifts by Liz Hyder – isn’t it gorgeous? Thanks so much to Grace at Manilla Press/Zaffre Books for sending me a copy. It’s not out until February next year so I haven’t read it yet but wanted to share this lovely cover and tell you what it’s about.
In an age defined by men, it will take something extraordinary to show four women who they truly are . . .
October 1840. A young woman staggers alone through a forest in Shropshire as a huge pair of impossible wings rip themselves from her shoulders.
Meanwhile, when rumours of a ‘fallen angel’ cause a frenzy across London, a surgeon desperate for fame and fortune finds himself in the grips of a dangerous obsession, one that will place the women he seeks in the most terrible danger . . .
THE GIFTS is the astonishing debut adult novel from the lauded author of BEARMOUTH. A gripping and ambitious book told through five different perspectives and set against the luminous backdrop of nineteenth century London, it explores science, nature and religion, enlightenment, the role of women in society and the dark danger of ambition.
Sounds amazing doesn’t it? If you like the sound of The Gifts and want to pre-order, you can do at your usual book retailer now or you’ll find buying links on The Gifts website here. Publication date is 17th February 2022.