Summoning the spirits of D.H. Lawrence and H.E. Bates and channelling the ancient pagan practices of eerie rural England to go somewhere utterly unexpected, The Arrival of Missives, is beguiling, brilliant and odd.
From Aliya Whiteley, author of the critically-acclaimed The Beauty, comes a genre-defying story of fate, free-will and the choices we make in life. In the aftermath of the Great War, Shirley Fearn dreams of challenging the conventions of rural England, where life is as predictable as the changing of the seasons.
The scarred veteran Mr. Tiller, left disfigured by an impossible accident on the battlefields of France, brings with him a message: part prophecy, part warning. Will it prevent her mastering her own destiny? As the village prepares for the annual May Day celebrations, where a new queen will be crowned and the future will be reborn again, Shirley must choose: change or renewal? The Arrival of Missives is a unique work, deftly marrying literary and genre influences.
It heralds the arrival of a major new voice in speculative fiction.
The Arrival of Missives by Aliya Whiteley