Today we’re celebrating publication day for Alice and the Fly, the brilliant debut from James Rice. We’re delighted to be able to give away a copy of the book in today’s Twitter competition, but first why not find out more about James’s novel in this blog from the editor, Kate Howard.
“On the 15th January 2015 Hodder & Stoughton publish Alice and the Fly by James Rice. It is one of the most exciting debuts I’ve read in a long while, and I can’t wait for it to be introduced to UK readers.
It’s a dark, funny and uncompromisingly honest novel about how phobias and obsessions can upend your life. Some of the stories in the book are partly based on memories from the author’s childhood – he was a teenage recluse much like his protagonist Greg. Thankfully, the harder hitting scenes are entirely from his imagination.
As well as writing, James Rice is also a bookseller for Waterstones in Southport, and it’s been wonderful seeing the praise flood in for his first novel from fellow booksellers, bloggers, reviewers and other authors. Helen Walsh, author of The Lemon Grove, says it’s ‘one of the most stunning debuts I’ve read in a long time. The talent behind it is huge.’
If you get a chance to read this special debut, I do hope you love it as much as I do.”
Alice and the Fly is now available in hardback and ebook from Hodder & Stoughton. You can follow James Rice on Twitter at @James_D_Rice
For your chance to win a copy of Alice and the Fly, simply visit our Curtis Brown Book Group Twitter page on Thursday 15th January and retweet any of our publication day tweets about the book. As usual, this competition is open to UK residents only and entries will close at 23:59 today.