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416 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $17.95 (US $17.95) (CA $21.95)

Publication Date: October 2016

ISBN 9781909954168

Rights: US & CA

Barbican Press (Oct 2016)

Price: $17.95


Nominee:2017 Polari First Book PrizeIn 4th Century Alexandria, a poor orphan learns to scribe. Meanwhile Rufius, a rich Roman, tends the books in his care and yearns for the youth on the streets. It's a time of rampant bishops, mad heretics, and a city so ruled by passion it is set to consume itself along with the world's greatest library. As the poor boy and the rich Roman unite, hell almost literally breaks loose. A rich novel of Ancient Rome, in the spirit of Mary Renault, Marguerite Yourcenar and Paul Waters.

Author Biography

Sarah Walton was born in 70s London. In the 80s she partied. In the 90s she partied harder, studied literature in France and Spain, founded a and went to Silicon Valley. A bump on the head wiped out a few years. Sarah advises governments and businesses on digital. She's also been a creative writing tutor at the University of Hull, club VJ, designer, dancer, programmer and the worst waitress in the world. She threw away her first novel as she thought it was rubbish. This novel won her a PhD. She lives on the edge of the South Downs with two Italian greyhounds. @sarahlwalton