We’re nearly at the end of our second Book Group Month and we’ve just about recovered from all of the shocks and twists of our joint book of the month – The Insect Farm by Stuart Prebble. In today’s blog, Stuart’s agent here at Curtis Brown, Gordon Wise, reveals just what it was that made The Insect Farm stand out for him and why it’s a book not to miss on publication in March.
Gordon Wise, Agent at Curtis Brown
“I was hooked by this book from the first page of its very first draft. And at that time, it had a very different opening – what it was then remains Stuart’s and my secret.
And this is a book about secrets – about trying to get away with something, even when you don’t know if you did wrong. At least one guilty person meets their end. But so do innocent people. Quite why, and how, you will have to read to find out. And there are a few moral decisions you will have to make for yourself: can you possibly see the
world the way that Stuart’s characters do? And yet you can see exactly why they do see it the way they do.
There’s a very special kind of storytelling at work here: while you know from the first pages that some kind of crime has been committed, soon you realise that this is a book about significant relationships, and just how blood can be thicker than water. No-one I have met who has read The Insect Farm has failed to be wrong-footed about their assumptions about what is going on. There aren’t many books that can excite you in the very particular, creepy way this one does without laying it on thick, while at the same time have you rooting for its antiheroes – or wondering whether they are even heroic at all?
Stuart has been a storyteller in all sorts of media for a number of decades. It’s so exciting that he is now becoming a master of psychological suspense writing, and all of us here at Curtis Brown, his award-winning UK publisher Alma Books, and the mighty Mulholland Books of the US Hachette Publishing Group are on the edge of our seats to see what he writes next.”
The Insect Farm will be published in the UK by Alma Books on Thursday 26th March and in the US by Mulholland Books in Tuesday 7th July. You can follow Stuart on Twitter at @StuartPrebble and find out more about The Insect Farm and Stuart’s previous books at www.stuartprebble.com.