Tyranny is in the air in the city of Finer Bay, and Professor Wendowleen Cripcot would like to be left alone, thank you very much. The memories of the last one hundred years are quite enough to be getting on with, if only these young upstarts from the government body, The Finery, would stop trying to control her every move. With the eyes of a dictator upon her, there are not many places to hide…but Wendowleen has never been one to back down from a fight (just ask her pet wolf), and insurrection is brewing underground.
“The elderly heroine and her wolf make a refreshing change in this whimsical, gently satirical fantasy debut about how easily a police state might evolve.” – Lisa Tuttle, The Guardian
“With wry humour and vicious imagination, Grosvenor’s debut compels us not to allow her nightmarish fantasy of a totalitarian police state to become reality.” – Joe Bedford, Author of ‘A Bad Decade for Good People’, Parthian Books
“Wry wit and boundless imagination.” – Waterstones
“The story is, despite the dark undertones and authoritarian themes, an entertaining read. Those looking for a dystopian tale that won’t leave you depressed at the end, look no further!” Dean Cook, Waterstones
Featured in The Guardian’s best recent sci-fi, fantasy and horror round-up!
Targeted Age Group:: Adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The process of writing The Finery was created in a strange time for the world. It was
the start of the pandemic, and while I had already written and developed the idea of
Wendowleen and Wolf, The Finery came together as a whole during that period. So, much of what I was writing was inspired by my imagination, and it was often challenging to bring levity to the page. However, it was also a medicine, and building a fantastical world to step into was definitely something that got me through lockdown.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I’m a big fan of characters like Granny Weatherwax (Terry Pratchett), older women who take no nonsense from anyone, and real people like the wonderful Miriam Margoyles, who is hilarious in her honesty and confidence. Wendowleen was definitely inspired by these sorts of people. I hope that what makes her memorable is her quiet confidence. She is a woman who doesn’t need other people, quite happy to strive ahead alone. And yet, she knows how to accept help and offer it, and that is a key component in a well rounded person.
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