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The Guardian reviews 'The Finery' by Rachel Grosvenor!


Blue, red, and orange graphic.  To the left, the cover for 'The Finery' by Rachel Grosvenor.  To the right, text reads '"The elderly heroine and her wolf make a refreshing change in this whimsical, gently satirical fantasy debut about how easily a police state might evolve." - Lisa Tuttle, The Guardian'

Fly on the Wall Press are scheduled to release Rachel Grosvenor's debut fantasy epic, The Finery, on the 25th August, and we were thrilled to see it reviewed by Lisa Tuttle for The Guardian on Friday!

 
'The Finery' author Rachel Grosvenor, wearing a yellow and black outfit, and sitting on a white sofa.
'The Finery' author Rachel Grosvenor

'Dr Wendowleen Cripcot, 100 years old, recently retired from the university, lives alone – unless you count her support wolf. She’s no criminal but keeps being harassed by the law enforcement body known as the Finery, as petty new laws come into force to govern every aspect of life in Finer Bay. The mayor used to take her side, but when the Finery’s director becomes the new mayor, she must flee to maintain her freedom, if not her life. There’s an underground protest movement, whose members live, literally, under the ground, so can’t do much – but maybe she knows something that could help them prevail … if she could just remember what it is. The elderly heroine and her wolf make a refreshing change in this whimsical, gently satirical fantasy debut about how

easily a police state might evolve.'


- Lisa Tuttle, The Guardian

 

Other 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'


'[The Finery] strikes a fine balance between keeping elements of comedy, character development and tragedies to produce a engaging highly readable narrative.

Those looking for a dystopian tale that won’t leave you depressed a the end, look no further!'

- Dean Cook, Waterstones bookseller

 

You can hear Rachel Grosvenor discuss The Finery, the writing process, and the fantasy genre - in addition to a live reading and signings of The Finery - on the 18th August at House of Books and Friends in Manchester. Tickets are available here!


The Finery releases on the 25th August, and is available to pre-order now!


Blue, red, and orange graphic. To the left, the cover for 'The Finery' by Rachel Grosvenor. To the right, text reads '25.08.23'
The Finery releases on the 25th August


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