Hugo Wilcken, author of the David Bowie book in our series, has just had his second novel published in the UK, by HarperCollins.
You can buy a copy from Amazon.co.uk here – I’ll be buying my copy when I’m over in the UK next week.
American rights to the novel are still available, so if you work for a fiction publisher and you’re interested, drop me an email and I’ll put you in touch with Hugo.
And here’s a synopsis of the book:
The year is 1928. Sabir – petty criminal, drifter, war veteran – is on a prison ship, bound for a notorious penal settlement in the French tropics. On his arrival, he is sent out to a work camp deep in the South American rain forest. There, he wins the confidence of the camp’s idealistic commandant, who sets him the task of carving a landscaped garden out of the surrounding wilderness. At the same time, Sabir plans his getaway with a band of like-minded convicts, through the jungle and across the ocean on a stolen boat. His only hope, he realises, is to become someone else entirely. To escape into a different dream…
Colony is a gripping narrative of mystery and menace, set in a tropical underworld. Brilliantly evoking an atmosphere of colonial decay, the novel explores the ever-shifting boundaries between identity, memory and reality.