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Blue Postcards
Blue Postcards

Blue Postcards


Fairlight Moderns


160 Pages, 4.25 x 7

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB

Trade Paper, $13.95 (US $13.95) (CA $18.95)

Publication Date: October 2021

ISBN 9781912054770

Rights: US & CA

Fairlight Books (Oct 2021)


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Once there was a street in Paris and it was called the Street of Tailors. This was years back, in the blue mists of memory.

Now it’s the 1950s and Henri is the last tailor on the street. With meticulous precision he takes the measurements of men and notes them down in his leather-bound ledger. He draws on the cloth with a blue chalk, cuts the pieces and sews them together. When the suit is done, Henri adds a finishing touch: a blue Tekhelet thread hidden in the trousers somewhere, for luck. One day, the renowned French artist Yves Klein walks into the shop, and orders a suit.

Set in Paris, this atmospheric tale delicately intertwines three connected narratives and timelines, interspersed with observations of the colour blue. It is a meditation on truth and lies, memory and time and thought. It is a leap of the imagination, a leap into the void.


"The novel---and the magic blue Tekhelet thread that stitches it together---will stay with readers forever, leaving them in a more beautiful and coincidental world." — Julia Nemirovskaya, poet, playwright and writer

"This is a wonderful novella - not a word is wasted" —Julie Corbin, author of A Lie For A Lie

"Seductively original, linguistically daring, almost dangerously immersive - with Blue Postcards, Douglas Bruton continues to build a deserved reputation as one of our most skilful story-tellers. A real delight." —Stephen May, author of the Costa shortlisted Life! Death! Prizes!

"It is a story, unlike our ability to see colour, that haunts and intensifies rather than diminishes with time." —Carmen Marcus, author of How Saints Die

"It was rather a delight to read Blue Postcards. It is an ingenious book, and I think it will linger with me for quite some time. . . . I will re-read it, because as well as being clever it is kind." —Scotsman

Author Biography

Douglas Bruton has been published in various publications including Northwords Now, New Writing Scotland, Aestetica and The Irish Literary Review. His short stories have won competitions including Fish and The Neil Gunn Prize and he has had two novels published, The Chess Piece Magician and Mrs Winchester’s Gun Club. His novella Blue Postcards was published by Fairlight Books in 2021, and was longlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2022.