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The Rebellion Advent Calendar: Day Twenty

Advent. Day 20. Mrs Claus faces Rudolf across a table strewn with half-chewed carrots and maps of the North Pole. The rebel leader’s red nose is still blistered from the Massive Cracker Incident.

‘I can’t forgive him,’ said Rudolf. ‘Not after all he’s done. Not after the Cracker, and the exploding baubles, and all he’s put my boys through. I just… I just can’t.’

Mrs Claus produces a bundle from under her cloak. Rudolf’s guards flinch, but he waves them off. Mrs Claus would never hurt him.

‘Would this help?’

And there, on the table, is Mrs Claus’s Christmas Ham, a mighty peace offering if ever there was one. Her very own piece of lovingly roasted pig, from her own table: the Ham of Santa, no less…


What’s this? Another Advent competition? Yes! That’s right! Win an exclusive, super-rare Advanced Reader Copy of Christopher Fowler’s smash hit of 2015 The Sand Men!

All you need to do is email with the subject heading SANDY MALES and we’ll take care of the rest. Good luck!

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Happy publication day The Sand Men

It’s Super Thursday* and we’re wading into the fray with a big hitter of our very own: The Sand Men, a bold new thriller from bestseller Christopher Fowler, is out today, and we couldn’t be happier.

By now you’ve probably seen our lush cover art, and read all about this JG Ballard influenced slice of near-future fiction, set in the deady dunes of Dubai.

If not, well, we’re here to help. Chris has been doing a few interviews about this frankly brilliant new book at the following blogs:

And you don’t have to take our work for it that The Sand Men is ace – check out Starburst’s review, which calls it “a staggering read”, or head over to Love Reading, whose review says The Sand Men “succeeds in dragging a harsh reality into a tale of artifices in an artificial land”. Not enough for you? How about reading The Eloquent Page’s take on things – “entertaining, engrossing and thought provoking” – are you noticing a theme yet?

Finally, don’t forget to come along to Forbidden Planet on Shaftesbury Avenue next Thursay night from 6pm, to get your copies of The Sand Men signed by Mr Fowler himself. You can find details on Facebook or over at the official Forbidden Planet website.

*The day when the publishing industry throws a collective fit and publishes roughly four million new books in advance of the Christmas rush….

The Sand Men is out now!
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Christopher Fowler signing in London!

Christopher Fowler’s The Sand Men is out this week, and boy are we exctied.

A five-minutes-into-the-future thriller set in Dubai, this is a slice of Ballardian fiction that demonstrates the formidable talent of an author at the peak of his powers. Although, to be fair, we are a little biased…

To celebrate the release of The Sand Men, the author is going to be appearaing at a signing in London next week. You can join Christopher from 6pm-7pm on Thursday 15 October at the Forbidden Planet Superstore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, and get your copy of The Sand Men signed up a good ‘un.

And do feel free to let us know you’re coming along by checking on the Facebook event page.

See you there!

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Cover reveal: Chris Fowler’s The Sand Men

We take a stroll between the sand and the clear blue sky with Chris Fowler’s latest outing for Solaris, The Sand Men.

Set among the glittering skyscrapers and deadly dunes of Dubai, The Sand Men transports us to a future that’s five minutes away, where rebellion against conformity can lead to the unthinkable…

“I spent two years researching ‘The Sand Men’, my homage to JG Ballard, set in Dubai’s new world of high-end, high-luxury resorts for the super-rich,” says Fowler. “But at what price to everyone else? The stunning cover perfectly sums up the feel and tone of the thriller, which encapsulates all of the themes I’ve been exploring in recent years.”

Set in a world of cruel juxtapositions where underpaid manual labourers slave over grandiloquent palaces for the world’s 1%; where nature is subverted to create a futuristic world in which manicured lawns meet dry desert dunes; and where a man can accidentally freeze to death on burning hot sand…

The Sand Men is a twisted Ballardian tale set in a world of uncertainties and paranoia, is a new style of thriller from the ever-popular author of the Bryant & May series.

And as is befitting a book this special, we’ve pulled out all the stops with our cover…

The Sand Men is coming from Solaris in October 2015.

In the meantime, remember to check back here for more Christopher Fowler news, and don’t forget to follow the author on Twitter, Facebook and at the official Christopher Fowler website.

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