Do you remember the golden summer of 1976?
The eagle-eyed among you (or at least those of you who read my blog post ‘An Announcement is On its Way…‘ about my reasons for repackaging and relaunching The Order of the White Boar and The King’s Man!) will have spotted a reference to Time out of Time, a book I wrote some years ago and started, but didn’t finish, redrafting after completing The King’s Man. And also perhaps mention that I decided to relaunch The Order, Books 1 and 2 rather than return to redrafting it before moving on with King in Waiting.
Well, guess what? I discovered I had more time on my hands than I thought! And that the book needed less work than I anticipated.
So, it’s with much pleasure that I can announce that Time out of Time will be published on Saturday 19 June.
Rather different to my White Boar books, Time out of Time is a timeslip book that opens during that long, hot, golden summer of 1976. It follows the adventures of 12-year-old Allie Turner when her mum and dad drag her and the rest of their family to live in an old, neglected house in the countryside. A house that looks a little like the following picture – if rather more run-down when they arrive…
Full details of the launch of Time out of Time will of course be announced on Facebook and on my blog. For the moment, here’s the proposed blurb – to give you a taste for what may be to come …
Welcome to the golden summer of 1976.
The year of The Heatwave, the year of The Drought. You can hear the capital letters when people speak of it.
Dreary England is plagued by endless blue skies – no rain for months, the country scorched and parched, standpipes in the street.
But 12-year-old Allie has other worries. When her family moves to ancient, ramshackle Priory Farm – far away from her friends and everything she’s ever known…
Then she discovers a doorway into history – and her adventures begin. What secrets will Priory Farm reveal?
An exciting timeslip adventure by the author of The Order of the White Boar.
Do you have your own memories of that glorious summer? It’s so long ago now that a book set then can almost be categorized as historical fiction. But some of us are old enough to remember it first hand…
I hope you’ll join me (and Allie) on the adventure…
Alex Marchant is author of two books telling the story of the real King Richard III for children aged 10+, The Order of the White Boar and The King’s Man, and editor of Grant Me the Carving of My Name and Right Trusty and Well Beloved…, two anthologies of short fiction inspired by the king, sold in support of Scoliosis Association UK (SAUK). A third book in the ‘White Boar’ sequence, King in Waiting, will be published in 2021.
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Ah, the long hot summer of 1976! A friend and I visited every pub and bar in central Manchester and Salford. Over 220 locations varying from posh hotel bars to quite disgusting and occasionally scary back street pubs. We had at least half a pint in each. Happy days!
A slightly different experience to Allie’s! But no less valid or memorable for that! In fact, quite an achievement…