I’ve really enjoyed being part of BBNYA this year and I’m super excited to bring you a spotlight post from my favourite extract – Between Darkness and Light by Roy Peachey. Set in China at the turn of the 20th century, the novel opens with a young boy who loses his eye in an archery accident. I’ve read the 30k extract and I’m definitely going to be buying this book as I was completely engrossed and felt a real connection to the characters. I’m gutted that it didn’t get through to the finals! I hope the book intrigues you as much as it did me!
‘A shape flew towards him, blurred and uncertain, then the terror of anticipation was driven out by pain and horror. Weilian Tell missed the apple. The arrow’s sharp, bright tip pierced his eyeball.’
Shanghai 1900. Blinded in one eye during a childhood game of William Tell, Wang Weijun loses himself in a world of magic, languages and Shakespeare. When the Great War begins, he seizes the opportunity to leave his past behind by signing up as a translator for the Chinese Labour Corps. However, what he finds in France jolts him out of his one-eyed admiration for the West and plunges him into a new and wholly unexpected battle in which east and west, tragedy and comedy, love and suffering meet, and the darkness of war is illuminated in ways he could never have anticipated.
Shortlisted for the Impress Prize for New Writers, Between Darkness and Light is a novel about blindness, an unconventional love story, a war novel in which there is no fighting, and a post-war novel about the meeting of East and West.
About The Author
I am the author of six books and hope to add more to the list soon!
‘The Race’ (Cranachan, 2021) – a children’s novel
‘Popes, Emperors and Elephants (Angelico, 2021) – a history book for children and young adults
‘Between Darkness and Light’ (Eyrie, 2019) – a literary novel about a Chinese interpreter during World War I
’50 Books for Life’ (Angelico, 2019) – a concise guide to Catholic literature
‘Did Jesus go to School? and other questions about parents, children and education’ (Redemptorist, 2019)
‘Out of the Classroom and into the World’ (Angelico, 2018) – a manifesto for educational change
This year, the Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award (BBNYA) is celebrating the 65 books that made it into Round Two with a mini spotlight blitz tour for each title. BBNYA is a yearly competition where book bloggers from all over the world read and score books written by indie authors, ending with 10 finalists and one overall winner.
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Links and Info
Publisher: Eyrie Press
Length: 288 Pages
Date Published: June 24, 2019
Author Website: https://roypeachey.com/