The Honours

Tim Clare

The girl with the gun crouched waiting. The dark shape hung over the belt of poplars, then banked, swooping out across the salt marsh
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Neil Gaiman meets Northern Lights in this dark and epic fantasy novel about the secrets we keep, the lies we need to believe and the things that are truly worth fighting for


1935. Norfolk.

Its newest resident, Miss Delphine Venner, is determined to uncover the secrets of the Hall’s elite society, which has taken in her gullible mother and unstable father.

As she explores the house and discovers the secret network of hidden passages that thread through the estate, Delphine uncovers a world more dark and threatening than she ever imagined. With the help of head gamekeeper Mr Garforth, Delphine must learn the bloody lessons of war and find the soldier within herself in time to battle the deadly forces amassing in the woods …

The Honours is a dark, glittering and dangerously unputdownable novel which invites you to enter a thrilling and fantastical world unlike any other.

“Gorgeously gripping … the comparisons that most readily spring to mind are the wildly eccentric and benevolent imaginations of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett … in keeping with the best fantasy fiction. this novel is about a great deal more than creeping monsters and steampunk sensibilities”

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”Astutely brilliant. It is rare to find such a riveting, fantastical, adventure matched by such poetic flair. A rich, gripping delight”
Matt Haig
author Of The Humans

“An astonishing imaginative feat”
Nathan Filer
author Of The Shock Of The Fall

”Fabulously evocative, dark and fun: Buchan meets Edgar Wallace, H.P. Lovecraft and Enid Blyton”
Helen Macdonald
author Of H Is For Hawk

“A mysterious, haunting story that builds to a thrilling climax. Part Mervyn Peake, part Aleister Crowley, it features a truly original heroine in the form of Delphine, the shotgun toting schoolgirl. Tim Clare writes with a poet’s eye and a thriller writer’s pace that held me spell bound till the last page”
Chris Riddell

Tim Clare

Tim Clare is an author, musician and performance poet and has an MA in Creative Writing from UEA. His memoir, We Can’t All Be Astronauts, published in 2009, won Best Biography/Memoir at the East Anglian Book Awards. He has performed his work on BBC 1 and BBC 2, BBC Radio 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6, and has written for the Guardian, The Times, Independent, The Big Issue and Writing magazine, among others. His debut novel, The Honours, was published by Canongate in 2015 and longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize. He is the creator of ‘Poetry Takeaway’, the world’s first mobile poetry emporium and presents the creative writing podcast Death By 1000 Cuts. He lives in Norwich.

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