I’m so thrilled to announce that my next novel, The Cookbook of Common Prayer, will be published in spring 2021 by Allen & Unwin, in the UK and Commonwealth (excluding Canada).
You can read the news of the acquisition in The Bookseller here (paywalled, but non-subscribers can view a few articles per month).
The official blurb and cover are still to come, but the novel is about family; grief and hope; the Tasmanian landscape; food; King Lear; silence; and how the most dangerous lies are those we tell ourselves.
The Cookbook of Common Prayer is a big departure from the fantasy/sci-fi trilogy that I’ve published previously, though it shares some of the same preoccupations (siblings; loss; landscape).
I can’t wait to share it with readers in 2021.
The image below, by J.J. Harrison (JJ Harrison (https://www.jjharrison.com.au/) / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5) shows the Tesselated Pavements at Eaglehawk Neck, in Tasmania’s Tasman Peninsula, a central location in the novel.
Francesca’s next novel, The Cookbook of Common Prayer, will be published in June 2021 by Allen & Unwin, in the UK and Commonwealth (excluding Canada).
You can read the news of the acquisition in The Bookseller here (paywalled, but non-subscribers can view a few articles per month), and a blog post here, where Francesca gives some more details about the novel.
If you haven’t yet read my debut novel, THE FIRE SERMON, now is the perfect time to pick it up (digitally speaking)! Kindle have selected it to be part of their Autumn Sale, which means that it will be only £1.49until 9th November.
Download your copy of the Kindle edition here – and if you’d like more regular updates about my writing, don’t forget to also follow me on twitter.
Even the ashes of the past cannot hide the truth forever
The Omega resistance has been brutally attacked, its members dead or in hiding.
The Alpha Council’s plan for permanently containing the Omegas has begun.
But all is not entirely lost: the Council’s seer, The Confessor, is dead, killed by her twin’s sacrifice.
Cass is left haunted by visions of the past, while her brother Zach’s cruelty and obsession pushes her to the edge, and threatens to destroy everything she hopes for.
As the country moves closer to all-out civil war, Cass will learn that to change the future she will need to uncover the past. But nothing can prepare her for what she discovers: a deeply buried secret that raises the stakes higher than ever before.
Since the blast that reshaped the earth, only twins are born. The one deemed imperfect is branded at birth and sent away. Twins share nothing but the moment of their death: when one dies, so does the other.
But Cass and her twin, Zach, cannot be separated.
In this scorched and broken world, Cass’s bond with her brother may be the most dangerous thing of all.
Shortlisted for The Morningstar Award (best debut novel) in the 2016 David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy; the 2015 R.T. Book Reviews award (best science fiction novel); the 2016 Norma K Hemming Award; and the 2016 Aurealis Award (best young adult novel)