I would like to say thank you for inviting me to take part in the tour, for my post there is an extract picked from the book.
Published: Lightning Books (July 2021)
A cow looks out to sea, dreaming of a life that involves grass.
Jan is also looking out to sea. He’s in Goa, dreaming of the passport-thief who stole his heart (and his passport) forty-six years ago. Back then, fate kept bringing them together, but lately it seems to have given up.
Jan has not. In his long search he has accidentally held a whole town at imaginary gunpoint in Soviet Russia, stalked the proprietors of an international illegal lamp-trafficking scam and done his very best to avoid any kind of work involving the packing of fish. Now he thinks if he just waits, if he just does nothing at all, maybe fate will find it easier to reunite them.
His story spans fifty-four years, ten countries, two imperfect criminals (and one rather perfect one), twenty-two different animals and an annoying teenager who just…..
But maybe an annoying teenager is exactly what Jan needs to help him find the missing thief?
For the first time in her life the cow noticed the sun setting, and it was glorious.
Featuring a menagerie of creatures, each with its own story to tell, We Are Animals is a comic Homeric odyssey with shades of Jonas Jonasson’sHundred-Year-Old Man. A quirky, heart-warming tale of lost love, unlikely friendships and the mysteries of fate, it moves and delights in equal measure.
ETRACT FROM THE BOOK
Although Jan hadn’t properly gone travelling since his trip to, and indeed from, Fishton five years ago, he had learnt quite a lot about it. For starters, he had learnt that if you go out of Fishton via the sea and travel in a straight line, you get to Norway.
He’d also learnt the importance of planning. He’d learnt this after several nights camping in his parents’ back garden staring at a bush and looking for wildlife. After four nights he still hadn’t seen a thing. Sleepily, and smelling a little like wildlife himself, Jan went to Fishton library, where he researched what foxes ate and where they scavenged. The night after, he camped in his parents’ front garden and stared at the bin all night. He saw three foxes and a mouse. Success! That same night a fourth fox had been in the back garden looking for a bin in the same smelly spot where Jan had previously camped. This doesn’t negate the importance of planning though; it just emphasises another important lesson that Jan had learnt – the importance of washing.
This is a quirky, unusual at times humorous read. With a number of animals popping up. A story of love and heartbreak as one person waits for a long lost love to return.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tim Ewins had an eight-year stand-up career alongside his accidental career in finance, before turning to writing fiction.
He has previously written for DNA Mumbai, had two short stories highly commended and published in Michael Terence Short Story Anthologies, and had a very brief acting stint (he’s in the film Bronson, somewhere in the background).
He lives with his wife, son and dog in Bristol. We Are Animals is his first novel.
Social media links:
Author Website: https://timothyewins.wixsite.com/timewins
Author Twitter: @EwinsTim
Author Instagram: @timewins and @quickbooksummaries
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