The Growing Season is out in the world! We celebrated publication with a launch in Waterstones Argyle Street, Glasgow. The Growing Season was also selected as one of the Ten Best Feminist Dystopian Novels by Red and publication week saw a great review in The Big Issue:
“Sedgwick describes her off-kilter world brilliantly and she considers the big ideas in her novel from all sides like a true scientist… It’s smart and thoughtful writing – a novel to make you consider deeply what family means and what the not-too-distant future might hold.”
Publication week was followed by a trip to London for book signings at Waterstones TCR, Goldsboro Books, LRB, and Hatchards – where I got to sit at Oscar Wilde’s table. And then it was to the BBC for an interview for Radio 4’s Open Book with Mariella Frostrup. If you missed it on the radio, you can listen to it here.
Finally the Edinburgh launch of The Growing Season was held in the beautiful Golden Hare Books – it was a wonderful event and you can read more about it (and see some photos) here.
August saw the pre-release of The Growing Season at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, where I had an event with author Sarah Moss. It was great to discuss gender, healthcare, feminism and the future of human relationships.
And August was also the month for the paperback release of The Comet Seekers. The two books were side by side on the shelves in the bookshop, which was lovely to see. Thank you to the wonderfully enthusiastic audience and everyone who came to the book signing afterwards, too!
The paperback of The Comet Seekers has been printed and my author copies have arrived in the highlands! The feel of the cover is gorgeous and it glints in the light giving it a magical look. It’ll be in the shops in August.
June was also the month of Solas Festival, where I gave a preview of The Growing Season – it was great to see how interested the audience were in the ideas around biotechnology and gender that the book explores. And I’ve been getting to know my wonderful and talented WoMentoring mentee. Here comes a plug for the WoMentoring Project – an inspiring place full of women helping women.
Proofs for The Growing Season have arrived, and the cover is wonderfully intriguing and clever. It’s great to see the novel in actual book form as well – I feel very invested in this story and I’m now as nervous as I am excited about it coming out!
My new novel, The Growing Season, will be published on 7th September 2017. I love the cover, which draws on various elements of the book including biotechnology, nature, a lighthouse, and the tropical indigo hamlet fish! You can read more about The Growing Season on my books page or the Penguin Random House website.
I’m excited to show you the new cover for The Comet Seekers paperback, which will be published in August this year by Vintage. I love the hint of something ghostly about the figures, the colours, the night sky (of course) – and that quote from the amazing Marian Keyes.
And The Comet Seekers will be coming out in paperback in US and Canada as well – as you can see, they will be using the UK hardback cover image for the paperback in the states. I love the cover so much, I’m delighted.
I’ve been quiet on here so far in 2017, but I’m back… And I’m hoping to write in April with more details about my new novel, The Growing Season, which will be published in 2017. And I’m getting married next month. So all in all, it’s shaping up to be a busy year!
December’s post is sneaking in just days before the new year, but I’m here and I have news! Earlier this month, The Comet Seekers got a wonderful and unexpected review in the New York Times Book Review from Andrea Barrett:
“A fluid narrative voice, pointedly lyrical and without a trace of irony, gives equal weight to the perceptions of both ghosts and living characters. And, as in the work of contemporary fabulists like Kelly Link, Helen Oyeyemi and Audrey Niffenegger, the real intersects matter-of-factly with the supernatural…Many of this novel’s pleasures have to do with teasing out the implications of Sedgwick’s intricate pattern…This web of associations, spun by recurring images and figures, lends a different spin to the idea of a love that’s meant to be.”
It’s a fascinating and thoughtful review, and a real honour. Thank you, Andrea Barrett!
My other piece of news, aside from the blizzard and storms (plural) that have kept us company over the holidays, is that my second novel, The Growing Season, is going to be published next year! It’s due out in August 2017 with Harvill Secker, and I’m looking forward to telling you more about it as things progress next year.
For now, I’m off to make a rhubarb and berry crumble, so I leave you with this photo of Christmas in the highlands. Merry holidays to you all, and a very happy New Year!
The Comet Seekers has been reviewed in the New York Times. Wonderfully they have called my book:
“An exquisitely layered, thrilling novel, which leaps across centuries and continents to delve into the role of destiny and the elusiveness of perception and memory.”
I couldn’t have imagined a better review (you can read the whole thing in the NY Times) and it arrived just after a wonderful Halloween writers’ retreat with my friends and authors Viccy Adams and Jane Alexander. We made spooky lanterns and took a nighttime woodland walk with The Woodland Trust, as well as getting lots of writing done and discussing uncanny fiction and professionalism in the creative arts.
Later in the month, I’ll be appearing at Ness Book Fest, and as part of Book Week Scotland in both Inverness and Dundee. More details on my Events page. Thanks for checking in, and here’s a photo of me in the Highlands from Michael Gallacher.
October has raced by in a flash of low sun and autumnal colours – I can hardly believe it’s nearly November already! This month The Comet Seekers was released in America and Canada, I’ve been on a podcast for HarperAcademic, listed on BuzzFeed’s 24 Brilliant Books for Autumn, and given readings in Durham, Dingwall, and Oban.
To start, here are some photos from my travels, and a picture of the amazing comet-themed cakes that Sarah from Waterstones Oban made especially for my visit!
And here are the beautiful book covers from the US and Canada. The US edition on the left is a hardback, and the Canadian on the right is a trade paperback. It’s been wonderful to hear from my friends across the atlantic spotting the book in shops and libraries. Thank you to HarperCollins for these lovely editions, and Hello to North America from Scotland!
August ended with my book launch, and after a wonderful month including events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival and the Book Fringe, The Comet Seekers was officially released into the world. September started with some great reviews – some of my favourites are online and you can read them in the Irish Times, the List, Glamour, Publishers Weekly, and even the Otago Daily Times all the way from New Zealand.
I took a trip down to London to be on BBC Woman’s Hour at the start of the month (for the next few weeks I think you can listen to the interview online here) and I also got to spend some time relaxing with my family and visiting the London Wetland Centre to see otters, cranes, and a beautiful black swan.
For the rest of the month, my plans include a book launch in Edinburgh on the 14th, and an appearance at the Wigtown Book Festival on the 25th September. And my big news is that The Comet Seekers has been chosen as Waterstones Scottish Book of the Month, which is very exciting – and has resulted in some beautifully creative window displays!
Have a wonderful September everyone, and a fresh and bright start to autumn.