Like many of us, 29-year-old Lauren Owen grew up with Harry Potter, loving the stories and flexing her literary muscles by writing FanFiction. Since then, she has studied at Oxford, gained an MA in Victorian Literature and is now publishing her own debut novel, The Quick. This Gothic fiction brings to life an extraordinary fantastical world that will set any reader’s pulse racing.
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.
Come back towards the end of the week for a MuggleNet exclusive from Lauren herself to celebrate The Quick’s launch but for now, check out this interview clip!
The book will be released on Thursday, 3rd April and is available from your local bookseller or http://bit.ly/TheQuick.
‘A sly and glittering addition to the literature of the macabre …. As soon as you have breathed with relief, much worse horrors begin.’ – Hilary Mantel
‘A suspenseful, gloriously atmospheric novel, and a feast of gothic storytelling that is impossible to resist.’ – Kate Atkinson