05 December 2012

When the Siren Calls rises to the top of the chart!

In a crowded market of 9 million+ readers are against the competition of books by well-known authors – like JK Rowling's Casual Vacancy – Tom Barry's new novel, When the Siren Calls, has shot straight to the top of the Goodreads most popular books chart within a month of launch.

The rise of the bookhas not gone unnoticed by the publishing industry, either. A M Heath, who represent double Man-Booker prize winner Hillary Mantle, moved quickly to snap up the overseas translation rights. The media is also sensing a story; last week over 60 journalists braved a cold and wet November evening to meet Barry. Emily Hill, feature writer for the Mail on Sunday, was amongst those that interviewed him. She quickly picked up that the news story might be as much about the author as the book and wanted to know why he gave up a successful career in the City to write “the thinking woman’s Fifty Shades.”

It seems Barry anticipated the question, and was ready with his soundbite: “When the Siren Calls is about the heroine’s struggle to find the courage to give up financial security, and live the life she wants. I wrote from the heart, because that was a decision I faced, and for the last two years I have been lucky enough to live my dream.”

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