Troubador The Barefoot Road

Released: 28/05/2018

ISBN: 9781788038638

eISBN: 9781789010459

Format: Paperback/eBook

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The Barefoot Road


Vivienne Vermes' debut novel is a gripping read which will appeal to readers who enjoy historical fiction, thrillers and evocative themes. The book begins with a young woman found, emaciated and unconscious, in the mountains surrounding a village in Transylvania. When it is discovered that she is of an ethnic group which was violently driven out of the regions many years before, old wounds are reopened as the villagers are reminded of their role in the bloodshed.

An uneasy peace is maintained until a young married man falls in love with the girl, and tension begin to rise within the community. The mysterious disappearance of a child causes this tension to mount into hysteria, driving the story to its chilling outcome.

Reading in the Blue Belle Café in Penge on Sat Oct 7th as from 7.30 p.m. as part of the Penge Poets' event.

Reading in Paris with the Paris 17 and a Half Minutes' Writing group in December. Exact date and venue TBA.

I received this as a review copy from NetGalley. I'm a big fan of historical fiction and this certainly didn't disappoint.

It was also refreshing to read a novel set in Transylvania that doesn't involve vampires, it does still show the fears and superstitions that were rife at the time and how easily peoples opinions can be swayed.

A very good read and I would definitely recommend it to all historical fiction fans.

by Alan Taylor

Vivienne Vermes

Vivienne Vermes is a British writer and actress of Hungarian and Irish descent who has lived in Paris for thirty years. She has published three collections of poetry, "Sand Woman" (Rebus), "Passages" and "Metamorphoses" (L'Harmattan), performed her work all over Europe, and run creative writing workshops in Greece, Romania and France. She is winner of the Paragram Poetry Prize (2013) and Petite Prose Prize (2016), and of the Mail on Sunday's Best Opening to a Novel competition as well as Flash500's prize for short fiction. As an actress, she recently played Queen Elizabeth 11 in the French comedy film "Les Profs 2", and her voice constantly reminds passengers on the Paris metro to "mind the gap". "The Barefoot Road" is her first novel.

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