Like Fire Unbound

Like Fire Unbound by Simon Petherick. Fiction. Published March 2021

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“Simon Petherick’s London is fascinating and engaging. His style of writing borders on the breathtaking. As a professional Londoner I recognise the geography as much as I recognise the abuses this town hands out to some of us. Petherick  does a brilliant job of allowing us to suspend our moralising. In fact he insists on it.” John Bird, Founder of The Big Issue

“A slow burn in its purest form – Petherick’s fiery prose evokes a city smouldering with impassioned tensions that build towards an incendiary denouement.” Jake Arnott, Author of The Long Firm

“Without a doubt, the best thing I’ve read so far this year. I actually cried! This book surprised and rattled me, made me laugh, and is written with such elegance. The characters are the people I see in London, going about their lives, brought into vivid colour.” Shannon Clinton-Copeland, Goodreads

London is experiencing a heatwave in the summer of 2018. A disparate cast of characters are drawn together under the gaze of a mysterious mystic as they try their best to survive in the new contemporary capital, a city of changing rules, privatised streets, gig economies, fractured traditions.

As the heat beats down upon them, day after day, they each attempt differing strategies to maintain their place, to protect their futures and somehow to forge a way through the challenge of the day. And in the background is the story of Lily Cadyman, maid to Thomas Farriner, whose bakery in Pudding Lane was the source of the first flames which caused the Great Fire of 1666. Like Fire Unbound is a novel about survival, where the city itself emerges as a character alongside all the others: essentially democratic, an egalitarian character like our cast who struggle to maintain their integrity in the early years of the twenty first century.

Read more about the novel here.

Read the opening pages of the novel here.

Download an information sheet from the publishers here.

If you’d rather use another retailer or you’d like to call in to your local bookshop, just give them the ISBN code 9781911673026 and publisher name TSB/Can Of Worms Press and they can get hold of it for you. Or contact me.

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