Infected with an airborne virus with a uniquely unsettling symptom, property developer Jason escapes London for his country estate, where he is cared for by two young women who are squatting in his house. When more survivors arrive seeking sanctuary, tensions increase. With the established order under threat, events begin to spiral out of control.
Far in the future, an isolated community of descendants continue to farm this same estate. Among their most treasured possessions are a few books, including a copy of Jane Eyre, from which they have constructed their hierarchies, rituals and beliefs. When 15-year-old Agnes begins to record the events of her life, she has no idea what consequences will follow. Locked away for her transgressions, she escapes to the urban ruins and a kind of freedom, but must decide where her future lies.
These two stories interweave, illuminating each other in unexpected ways and offering long vistas of loss, regeneration and wonder.
Published 4th April, available from amazon.co.uk or amazon.com
From the author of The Male Gaze
‘a dazzling debut’ – Irish Independent
‘ambitious, zeitgeisty…fast-paced’ – Independent on Sunday
‘scorching’ – Elle
‘a highly visual novel… a thoroughly engrossing read’ – Sunday Post
‘unfolds like an origami bird, the layers both subtle and complex’ – Irish Examiner
The Book of Air is a story of survival, the shaping of memory and the enduring impulse to find meaning in a turbulent world.
Here’s a 3-minute trailer with readings and interviews.
With thanks to actor Zimmy Ryan and filmmaker Shelly Nel, http://rooinooi.com/