Released Spring 2017
Format: Paperback, B Format, 198 x 129mm, 400pp
Alis Hawkins works for the National Autistic Society. She studied English at Oxford University and lives in the Forest of...
A brilliant new historical mystery series set in the 1850s.
West Wales, 1850. When an old tree root is dug up, the remains of a young woman are found. Harry Probert-Lloyd, a barrister forced home from London by encroaching blindness, has been dreading this discovery. He knows exactly whose bones they are.
Working with his clerk, John Davies, Harry is determined to expose the guilty. But the investigation turns up more questions than answers. Questions that centre around three names. Rebecca, the faceless leader of an angry mob who terrorise those they hate. Nathaniel Howell, a rabble-rousing chapel minister preaching a revolutionary gospel. And David Thomas, an ominous name with echoes from Harry’s past.
Is it Rebecca who is intent on ending Harry and John’s enquiry? Why did Nathaniel Howell disappear when Rebecca’s insurrection was at its height? And can Harry keep the secrets of his own past safely buried?
The search for the truth will prove costly. But will Harry and John be the ones to pay the highest price?
Praise for None So Blind
‘Last year, a small Glasgow publisher (Saraband) had a thoroughly-deserved monster hit with His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet. Now another small Glasgow publisher, Freight Books, could have another with None So Blind by Alis Hawkins, which is also a nineteenth-century historical thriller – a ‘social thriller’ if one can call it that – but set not in wild west Scotland, but in equally wild south Wales, at a time when having a police force (let alone detectives) was something of a novel concept. Brilliantly recreating the harsh realities of 1850’s rural life in a Wales dominated by class and religion, and with an intriguing and engaging hero – a local lawyer made good in London, but slowly going blind, None So Blind could just be the sleeper hit of 2017.’ Shots Magazine
‘What a wonderful mystery book, so well written!… And a different setting, Wales. There are a lot of things I loved about this story full of nostalgia, different in so many ways from what I’ve been reading, but so fascinating! There’s the detailed perspective of a young man going blind and how he copes with his failing sight.’ Maria’s Reviews on Goodreads
‘I loved this book. As soon as I opened it I was hooked, the suspense woven through gripping like the tree roots around the bones of Margaret Jones. But ‘Non So Blind’ is so much more than a crime novel. Beautifully written, with its characters finely drawn and wearing its historical detail lightly, it is both original and disconcerting. A novel to come back to again and again, a literary treasure chest, inside which the reader might find different gems each time.’ ES Thomson, author of Beloved Poison and Dark Asylum