Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Shameless Self Promotion Anne Cassidy

I have no shame. I will, in this blog, promote my new book, GUILT TRIP, published by Scholastic today, 5th Jan.

It is another crime thriller from me which fits into what someone once called my oeuvre. It’s set in Dagenham and part of it is a kind of ‘road movie’ or homage to the great A13 which I drive up and down at least once a week. Four teenagers drive around in a car. They drive for the sake of driving, the car being a place for them to be, not just a vehicle. They are two couples who are bored and fed up with each other and one night they happen on a boy who is trying to hang himself from a tree. They save his life and it brings them a sense of self worth and gives their lives a sudden value.

For me, the A13 has a kind of urban beauty. From the Beckton roundabout it soars out of East London past the Ford factory at Dagenham and then it glides above the Rainham Marshes towards the giant struts of the Queen Elizabeth Bridge which spans the Thames at Purfleet. It passes lines of tower blocks and used car lots and then the ground beneath it is flat and green punctuated by vestiges of old industry that has long gone. In the middle of the landscape sits a spindly wind turbine that is marooned. It never seems to move and looks out of place, as if it should be in the sea off Norfolk not stuck among the dying plant of the Ford factory.

My characters, Ali, Stephen and Jackson drive up and down the A13. The scenery they pass is a backdrop to their lives. It is in this area, in a nearby park, that they save the life of another boy, Daniel Feeny. Then one night, five weeks later, on one of the derelict car lots under the A13, they kill him and try to hide his body.

That’s when the guilt starts.

13 comments:

Katherine Langrish said...

My god, Anne! I must read it!

bookwitch said...

Now you scare me even more.

karen ball said...

Wow, what a twist! This sounds utterly compelling.

Carole Anne Carr said...

Congratulations, Anne, and many more writing hours in 2010!
Carole.

Iffath♥Ahmed said...

Woww..can't wait to get this! ;D

madwippitt said...

Sounds scary!

adele said...

Sounds a good addition to the OEUVRE!!
Of course you've got one of those and a very distinguished one it is too!

Stroppy Author said...

Sounds fantastic - I know I'll have to buy it! I bought my small bint Looking for JJ for Christmas and once she started it she didn't put it down until it was finished. She said it was one of the best books she'd ever read :-) She's costing me a fortune in books at the moment...

Yunaleska said...

I don't think anyone here minds self-promotion.

*goes off to request a copy for review from Scholastic*

Katherine Langrish said...

Just ordered it from amazon...

Linda Strachan said...

Sounds great, Anne, can't wait to read it!

keithmansfield said...

Can I be even more shameless and announce that Johnny Mackintosh: Star Blaze will be published by Quercus tomorrow, 7th Jan!?

Love the sound of Guilt Trip - hate the A13. As an Eastender myself I've often been stuck in traffic thinking I could murder someone. Really look forward to reading it.

Catherine Johnson said...

Congratulations Anne, sounds fantastic!