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The Blackbird pre-sale launches on Unbound

May 31st, 2020 | Posted by David in Claire Allen | Literature | The Blackbird

Pre-order Claire Allen’s novel by 15th June and add your name to the back of the book!

Last night we launched the pre-sale for our next Historiographic Fiction on David Collard’s Leap in the Dark programme. Claire did a wonderful reading, then we got to ask her some questions about the characters, Alzheimer’s, the themes of creation and destruction, and the influence of William Golding. “If you read two novels about the raising of a cathedral…”

Leap to Unbound here to read an extract from the novel, and lend your support, and name, to a dazzling book.

G.F Smith

HFP have teamed up with G.F Smith, paper merchant to Virginia Woolf’s Hogarth Press, to celebrate small presses. All editions of the book will be covered with Gmund Urban, which uses “genuine pulverized cement” to recreate concrete’s subtle texture and sparkle. The Römerturm paper mill has created “tradition and dynamic modernism in one material.” Especially apt for a book that is set in a post-war housing estate: The Blackbird. It is a sculptural material, perfect for HFP’s hand-bindery.

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