Those of you who follow me on social media may have heard me talk about Hidden Colours, my next literary fiction novel. It has now seen my wonderful editor’s magic pen and is due to be released in early December.
I’m so excited and nervous to see it make its way in the world.
Hidden Colours is the story of Yusuf Alam, a Syrian acrobat, and Ellie Richter, a German journalist. It’s set in a circus in Berlin. A circus–filled with outsiders, dreams and danger– is the perfect metaphor for Yusuf and Ellie’s story.
Here is the cover by Dale Robert Pease, who also did the cover for All the Tomorrows, and is brilliant at interpreting and improving my ideas. I hope you love it. Let me know your thoughts in the comments.
In a city that thrills like a kaleidoscope, refugees struggle to rebuild the rubble of their lives.
Each evening, nestled in Berlin’s Treptower Park, the immigrant circus comes to life. Ellie is passionate about the circus, Germany’s flagship integration project, and drawn to its broken people. Even so, if she wants to keep her job at the newspaper, she must head up a campaign against it.
When Yusuf fled Syria, he lost everything. Now the circus, with its middle-eastern flair, is the only home he knows. When the lights go on, the refugees dazzle their audience, but off-stage they can’t escape the traumas of their past and the far-right radicals that dog their every move.
One night, in the midst of a show, two young circus boys come to blows. The resulting violence shines a spotlight on the refugee estate and swells the tide of public opinion against the immigrant circus.
As tensions rise and with the circus at risk of closure, Ellie must convince her readers that we can have compassion for those we fear or Yusuf will be forced to uproot again.
There’ll be more to share with you before publication, including secret snippets of Hidden Colours and the song my singer songwriter friend Lindsay Crichton has written for the book. I’m thrilled that Advanced Reader Copies are now ready. If you’d like to be in my Reviewers Club then apply here, and you, and sign up here to be first in the loop with book news.
If you have anything particular you’d like to see in the launch period drop me a line. It takes a community to make a book fly, and I hope you’ll be right here with me.