It’s a real pleasure today to be joining the blog tour for Salt Lick by Lulu Allison, published by Unbound on 16th September and available for kindle and in hardcover. My thanks to Anne at Random Things Tours for the invitation and support.
I’ll happily admit that literary speculative fiction isn’t my usual choice of reading – and I sadly just couldn’t manage to get round to it in time for the blog tour, however much I really wanted to. But I still remember how very much I enjoyed Lulu’s last book, Twice The Speed Of Dark – exquisitely beautiful writing, exceptional emotional depth, and the main character Anna still has a place in my heart (you’ll find my full review here – and I do notice the book is currently just 99p for kindle). I was delighted to be able to help (in a very small way) to bring this second book to print with Unbound, which really only makes it all the more unforgivable that I don’t have a review to share with you today.
But let’s take a closer look…
Britain is awash, the sea creeps into the land, brambles and forest swamp derelict towns. Food production has moved overseas and people are forced to move to the cities for work. The countryside is empty. A chorus, the herd voice of feral cows, wander this newly wild land watching over changing times, speaking with love and exasperation.
Jesse and his puppy Mister Maliks roam the woods until his family are forced to leave for London. Lee runs from the terrible restrictions of the White Town where he grew up. Isolde leaves London on foot, walking the abandoned A12 in search of the truth about her mother.
I’ll really look forward to catching up with this one as soon as I can find a window – but today (with thanks to Lulu, Anne, and publishers Unbound) I’m delighted to offer the chance to win a signed print copy, open to entries from UK and Ireland only. Here’s the Rafflecopter:
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About the author
Lulu Allison grew up in a small village in the Chilterns. She did an illustration degree at St Martin’s School of Art and a fine-art M.A at the University of Brighton. She has exhibited in group and solo shows, worked as a gallery educator and arts facilitator. She has also worked as a cleaner, an art teacher, a scuba-diving instructor, and a maker of spectacle hinges in a small factory in Munich.
She came to writing accidentally whilst undertaking what she thought was an art project, unexpectedly discovering what she should have been doing all along. That art project became her first novel, Twice the Speed of Dark, published by Unbound in 2017. Salt Lick is her second novel, and she is working on a third, inspired by the Thomas Mann novel, Doctor Faustus. She lives in Brighton.