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“Fascinating monsters … enthralling and complex”

Novelist Charles Palliser on David's new novel – and new heroine

From Charles Palliser, distinguished author of novels including Victoriana classic The Quincunx and his current book, the intriguing gothic mystery Rustication, comes the following pre-publication quote about David’s new novel Volcano Street, to be published by Atlantic Books on 4 December 2014 and now available for pre-order:   “I enjoyed this hugely. It’s a vivid…
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New David Rain novel announced

VOLCANO STREET is out in December 2014

David Rain’s new novel VOLCANO STREET will be published in the UK by Atlantic Books in December 2014. Here’s what the book jacket will look like, and here’s what it will say on the jacket …   Marlo said suddenly, ‘I don’t like it here.’ Something in her voice was wild, almost pleading, and Skip…
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“Git a Hoss!”

David Rain on The Magnificent Ambersons

The latest issue of literary journal Slightly Foxed (Issue 41, Spring 2014) features an article by David Rain called “Git a Hoss!” in which he discusses the 1918 family saga The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington. Famously filmed by Orson Welles in the 1940s, The Magnificent Ambersons came in at No. 100 on Modern Library’s 1998…
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Heat of the Sun in the New York Times

Article references David Rain's "wildly inventive book"

Today’s New York Times music section features an article called “Liberating the Librettos” by Anthony Tommasini, the paper’s chief music critic, which explores the subject of “opera what-ifs.” Here’s an excerpt: “Most opera fans are intensely involved with the characters of great operas. We are protective of them, even the evil ones. “There is a…
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Heat of the Sun now out in Picador

US paperback edition released today

Today, Picador USA released The Heat of the Sun by David Rain in paperback. The novel has previously been published in US hardcover by Henry Holt, and UK hardcover, paperback, and ebook by Atlantic Books. The novel is also available as an audiobook read by actor William Hope. Reviews to date are archived on this…
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Hermes of the Ways

David Rain on why he loves typewriters

The Classic Typewriter Page is a brilliant website exploring pretty much everything you could want to know about typewriters. Among its many features is a series of essays in which contemporary writers explain why they still love – and use – these great machines. David now has an essay there, titled “Hermes of the Ways,”…
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Pre-order US Picador paperback edition of The Heat of the Sun

Cherry blossoms and a great cover quote from a US bestselling author

Picador will release The Heat of the Sun in paperback in the US in November 2013. You can now pre-order it on Amazon. The previous cover designs were remarkably different from each other and this one is very different again. We’re thrilled with this subtle but evocative image, as well as the great quotation from…
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“The Butterfly Effect”: Literary Sofa feature with David Rain

"Some stories ... refuse to fade away"

Book website The Literary Sofa features an article by David about the writing of The Heat of the Sun with an excellent accompanying review. Here’s how it begins: “Some stories have such a strong hold on the popular imagination that they refuse to fade away. The desire to reconnect with the familiar in a new…
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David Rain: Atlantic Books Featured Author

"The question gripped me. This novel ... is my answer"

David has appeared as a featured author on the website of Atlantic Books. Below is an extract from the Q&A with David and you can click through to Atlantic Books to see the full interview, a complete bio and a a ten-minute video interview with David (also published here in March). Writing Heat of the…
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“Ya got Trouble”: fabulous piece about The Heat of the Sun in Opera News

"A wildly audacious and compellingly written book ... [Rain] creates dizzying effects"

The April 2013 issue of US magazine Opera News contains a fabulous piece about The Heat of the Sun. Key quote: “It’s a wildly audacious and compellingly written book … Reading The Heat of the Sun is like watching an author keep daring himself to take higher and higher hurdles and clearing them every time; he…
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