The successful stand-up poet dives into the world of fantasy in his debut novel, The Honours.
Tim Clare is a performance poet based in the UK. He heads up Homework, a regular poetry night in Bethnal Green and has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. As a stand-up poet, Tim has performed nationwide including at the Edinburgh Fringe and countless festivals.
The Honours is Clare’s debut novel, set in Norfolk in 1935 as war looms over Great Britain. The sprawling country estate of Alderberen Hall is shadowed by suspicion and paranoia and 13 year-old Delphine Venner is determined to uncover the secrets of the Hall's elite society, which has taken in her gullible mother and unstable father. With the help of head gamekeeper Mr Garforth, Delphine must learn the bloody lessons of war and find the soldier within herself in time to battle the deadly forces amassing in the woods.
The Honours is a dark, haunting novel. The central character Delphine is fierce and intensely likable and through her eyes the reader discovers a thrilling and fantastical world.