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S. E. Lister grew up in Gloucestershire, and studied Creative Writing at Warwick University. She has been reading stories since she was old enough to pick up a book, and writing them almost as long. Alongside her creative writing, she has written for various magazines and websites about philosophy and film. She loves vintage clothes, art-house cinemas and growing her own courgettes.
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A touching romance, a time travel extravaganza, baroque and moving, S.E. Lister's second novel, following the gothic HIDEOUS CREATURES which put her on the map of literary dreams, confirms a striking talent with distant echoes of THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE and THE NIGHT CIRCUS, but with a unique voice of its own full of care and whimsy. Rosa Hyde is the daughter of a time traveller and is stuck in 1945 and desperate to escape, which she eventually does with the assistance of a roisterous time gypsy, Tommy Rust and goes gallivanting alongside him through the corridors of history. An encounter with another traveller, the soldier Harding, a hardened journeyman of the time streams, brings the idyllic wandering to an end and casts doubt in her mind as to where she actually belongs. Melancholy, colourful and lyrical, truly the stuff of dreams. ~ Maxim Jakubowski
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A compelling debut by a new young British writer in the tradition of Audrey Niffenegger and Neil Gaiman, on the imperceptible borderlines of fantasy and fable. On the run from a family with a bucketful of dark secrets, the younger son of an English Earl embarks for the New World where with the help of an outlaw's daughter and a native medicine man he ventures into the jungle and the untamed southern wilderness. Simultaneously a tale of adventure, a love story, an unveiling of quiet phantasmagoria and horrors and a coming of age story, this grips and enchants and you never want it to end. A seductive new voice.