The Equilibrist by Andrew Salomon
03 Jul 2017
On the first night the Circus Basilisk spends outside the Northern England town of Kirkholme, aspiring tightwire performer Flynn Oakley finds out just how easily his hard-earned and well-balanced world can fall apart. Falsely accused of a monstrous crime and forced to flee from his adoptive home, Flynn becomes the first person to run away from the circus.
Finding himself hunted by a devious cabal formed by the candy butcher, a family of aerialists called The Flying Gremaldis and the sinister, crow-like Raffen, Flynn has to trust in unlikely alliances to try and save the only place he has ever called home.
And even though he has found shelter inside a subterranean network of tunnels and caverns under the nearby Bleaks – a desolate high moor on the other side of the fell that looms over the circus camp – something else also inhabits this netherworld, and Flynn is yet to discover if it is friend or foe.
‘A mesmerising novel, beautifully written and full of heart. I loved it.’
-Sarah Lotz, author of The Three
About the author
Andrew Salomon has received the PEN Literary Award for African Fiction and the Short.Sharp.Stories Award. His debut novel, now titled Tokoloshe Song was shortlisted for the Terry Pratchett First Novel Award and his short fiction has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. He is the author of the Young Adult thrillers The Chrysalis and Wonderbear (available at the end of July) and his latest novel is the dark fantasy thriller The Equilibrist. He completed an MA at the Institute for Archaeology at University College London and some of his most memorable experiences have been at rock painting and engraving sites in rock shelters and subterranean caves across the world. These often find their way into his fiction. Andrew lives in Cape Town with his wife, two young sons and a pair of rescue dogs of baffling provenance.
Date of Publication: May 2017