I was just catching up with the local news on the internet and a small headline, way down the page, caught my attention.
As Frome, where I live, is on the edge of Somerset and closely borders Wiltshire and Dorset, I am claiming the success of a Dorset born author as a ‘local’ achievement, worth a mention.
The author in question is Ali Shaw, who now lives and works in Oxford, but was born in a small town in Dorset.
He is now busy working on his second book, after previously working as a Bookseller and currently within Oxford’s Bodleian Library.
Synopsis – ‘Girl With Glass Feet’
Strange things are happening on the remote and snowbound archipelago of St Hauda’s Land. Unusual winged creatures flit around icy bogland; albino animals hide themselves in the snow-glazed woods; jellyfish glow in the ocean’s depths… and Ida Maclaird is slowly turning into glass.
A mysterious and frightening metamorphosis has befallen Ida – she is slowly turning into glass, from the feet up. She returns to St Hauda’s Land, where she believes the glass first took hold, in the vain hope of finding the one man who might just be able to cure her…
Midas Crook is a young loner, who has lived on the islands his entire life. When he meets Ida, something about her sad, defiant spirit pierces his emotional defences. As Midas helps Ida come to terms with her affliction, she gradually unpicks the knots of his heart, and they begin to fall in love…
What they need most is time – and time is slipping away fast. Will they find a way to stave off the spread of the glass?