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An Evening with Rachel Grosvenor and 'The Finery' at House of Books & Friends

Author Rachel Grosvenor, in a black and yellow outfit, sat on a white chair.
Rachel Grosvenor

Exciting news! Fly on the Wall Press are delighted to share that on Friday 18th August, House of Books & Friends will be hosting an event featuring talented author Rachel Grosvenor. Join us as we dive into the mesmerising world of Rachel's debut fantasy novel, The Finery, in an evening filled with fascinating insight and conversation.

Offering deeper insight into the fantasy genre and her creative process, Rachel (herself a writing coach), will be conducting a talk alongside Isabelle Kenyon from Fly on the Wall Press. After shedding light on the genre and

the inspiration that fuels her, Rachel will then provide a live reading, followed by a book signing.

The event will take place from 18:30 to 20:00 18/08/23, with the doors of House of Book & Friends opening from 18:00. Two ticket options are available:

The first 20 guests will receive a Fly on the Wall gift bag!

Further information and contact details are available on the House of Books & Friends website. House of Book & Friends is based at 81 King Street, Manchester, M2 4AH.

Cover of The Finery, depicting an eye of a wolf, and the logo for Fly on The Wall Press. The text on the cover states, 'The Finery', 'Rachel Grosvenor'.
Cover of The Finery

About The Finery:

Tyranny is in the air in the city of Finer Bay, and Professor Wendowleen Cripcot would like to be left alone, thank you very much. The memories of the last one hundred years are quite enough to be getting on with, if only these young upstarts from the government body, The Finery, would stop trying to control her every move. With the eyes of a dictator upon her, there are not many places to hide...but Wendowleen has never been one to back down from a fight (just ask her pet wolf), and insurrection is brewing underground.


Praise for The Finery:

"With wry humour and vicious imagination, Grosvenor's debut compels us not to allow her nightmarish fantasy of a totalitarian police state to become reality." - Joe Bedford, Author of A Bad Decade for Good People, Parthian Books

"Though a more fantasy genre, protagonist Wendowleen reminded me of ‘The Pilgrimage of Harold Fry’ for how lovable and grouchy she is as an unlikely leader and I loved her journey to discovering, and then leading, an underground rebellion… Wendowleen’s wolf – meant to be a guardian for her in her old age, has never learnt to speak English and he’s a bit lazy at his duties… Indeed the world reminded me of Harry Potter for the comedic undertones, mixed with real-world corrupt government policy, such as the 80s Tory policy of the bedroom tax (the government wants Wendowleen to downsize for the ‘greater good’ and a city curfew is introduced at 8pm to ‘stop crime’ (and mute rebellious spirits…)!)" - Isabelle Kenyon, editor of The Finery.

The Finery is due to release on the 25th of August 2023, and is available to pre-order (£10.99, eBook £5.99).

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