‘A sly and glittering addition to the literature of the macabre …. As soon as you have breathed with relief, much worse horrors begin.’
‘A suspenseful, gloriously atmospheric novel, and a feast of gothic storytelling that is impossible to resist.’
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A major debut adventure from the most gifted of a new generation of British writers. 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.
LAUREN OWEN - VIDEO INTERVIEW:
'' 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. ''
Out Today 3rd April - Review Coming Soon