This week, Sandstone have given us a sneak peek of The Aeronaut’s Guide to Rapture by Stuart Campbell, which is published on May 19th. For more information on the book, visit their website and keep reading for the exclusive below!
Three people in three countries in three different eras. Ursule in 1864 lives the life of a kitchen skivvy in Paris. Dexter in 1965 is an American GI in Vietnam. Dante in 2015 is a Catholic priest in Palermo, Sicily. For Ursule the Prussians are closing in. For Dexter it’s the Vietcong. For Dante it is the mafia. How can they escape but, more than that, how can misery become rapture? In contemporary Britain a fourth person holds all the strings in his hands as he rises silently and gracefully above the earth. In this tour de force of imagination Stuart Campbell follows the brilliant John McPake and the Sea Beggars with a tale that defies time and gravity and takes the reader to a place few have ever been and fewer still come back from.
She never understood how he had found the journal. It had been hidden in a small gap left by the ill-fitting grate. She had slipped the pages into the crack, leaving a tiny corner the size of a protruding fingernail so that she could retrieve it when it was safe to do so.
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