The Whores' Asylum, and more ...
This is the place to find out about me and my writing. Just to be clear - I am Katy Darby the author from London
, not the model from Manchester (sadly), nor the Australian doctor.
My first novel, a Victorian drama called The Whores' Asylum
, was published by Fig Tree
(Penguin) on February 2, 2012
so I thought I should probably sort out a website for anyone who was curious about it and/or me. (NB: It's also coming out in paperback in September 2012, under the more WH Smith/supermarket-friendly title The Unpierced Heart
, just in case anyone gets confused. I heartily encourage you to buy either version, or both ...)
MY NEXT EVENT is at 6.30pm on Thursday 26th April
I'll be doing a book club event at Waterstones Islington, which is at 11 Islington Green, London N1 2XH. It's free (I think) and should be fun, so if you've read the book and want to quiz me about it, do drop by - we'll be going till about 8pm and I believe there will be wine ...
Want a taster? Here's a video
of me reading a saucy extract, followed by a violent scene (be still my beating heart!), at this year's King's Lynn Fiction Festival
, and here's an interview
with me on the Foyles
website, for a start.
Jonathan Ruppin of Foyles also selected the book as one of his fiction picks for early 2012
, calling it "a terrific slice of Victorian Gothic, full of roguery and romance, as
students vow to help the fallen women of Oxford's seediest locales
RECENT RELATED STUFF
After my talk on the subject at Clapham Books
, I wrote an article for the blog WhatSarahReads
, all about fallen women in literature
, and very interesting it was too. Here's an extract
from "The Whores' Asylum" on the excellent Untitled Books
, if that piques your interest, and a video
of me reading the same section. Or if for any reason you want to know which film femme fatale
I'd like to be, look no further
REVIEWS OF THE WHORES' ASYLUM:
- There's an extremely nice write-up ("a thing of beauty .. a rare achievement") in The Independent on Sunday here
- The Sunday Times said:
"Great panache ... a compelling tale of death, despair and obsession ... wildly and knowingly melodramatic but done with such energy and ingenuity that it's also tremendous fun."
- Tina Jackson in METRO gives it 4 stars, and says:
"A satisfying homage to Victorian sensation novels, melodramas and penny dreadfuls, Katy Darby's 'The Whores' Asylum' is a darkly enjoyable mix of romance and thriller ...
Darby draws her readers into an exciting Gothic romp populated with villainous cads, wronged women, ruined lives and two stalwart male friends whose relationship reaches crisis point because one of them has fallen in love.
Richly atmospheric and rattling away in fine style, it conjures 19th century high society and its sordid underbelly with verve and flair. Darby knows how to write a cracking novel that captures the reader's imagination."
- Emerald Street
(the online sister publication of Stylist
) has given it a lovely review here
- The Express says: "Thrilling gothic romance ... recreates convincingly the colourful
world of Victorian “sensation” novels and the stories of Sherlock
Holmes ... shocking, exciting and gruesome ... read it now."
- The Guardian
reckons it's great
! (mostly) ... although also oddly categorises it as a thriller. I feel simultaneously flattered and perplexed.
- The Herald (Scottish newspaper) reckons it's "a consistently engaging and suspenseful Gothic melodrama."
- Top blog For Books' Sake
gives it 4 stars
: full review here
declares it "a stylish Gothic story
" and calls my style "impeccable" (the cheque's in the post ...)
- And the novel has also got not one
shout-outs on the self-explanatorially-named We Love This Book
More as they come in!
MY BLOG: I HAVE NEVER ...
WHAT ELSE IS ON THIS SITE:
has a short bio and contact information, plus more about the novel, including jacket blurb for the first edition.
has links to the book as well as to some of my short stories, poems, plays and readings which are online.
comprises my teaching and editing, reviews by me (mostly theatre), and anything else you might file under "other".
leads to readings, festivals, interviews, literary events and masterclasses I'm doing in 2012. It also links to Liars' League
, the short story night I run.
Let me know what you think of the website, my writing, whatever - my email is on the About me page, and I've just hatched myself on Twitter as @katydarbywriter ...
(Or you can "like" me on Facebook, if you, um, like).