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A fairy-tale infused historical novel for adults set in the late 18 th century, moving between Imperial China and France during the ‘Terror’ of the French Revolution, and inspired by the true story of a quest for a blood-red rose.

The novel will draw upon ‘The Blue Rose,’ a fairy tale set in China about a quest for an impossible rose.

The Wish

What would you ask for
if you were granted 
one wish?

To be invisible,
he said.
I imagined myself
clear cellophane
crinkling at the corner of the room
listening listening
drifting behind my enemies
and listening.
It seemed so deceitful
worse than a hollow man
to be a cellophane doll.

I would walk the streets
rustling leaves
no-one would step out of my path.
If I smiled at my love
I would see no flowering in his eyes.
I would not like to be invisible.
How can you be sure
you exist
if no-one acknowledges
your existence?

What would you wish for,
then? he asked.

To fly,
I said, and saw wide
the curved landscape
dip as it unrolled
horizon blue and arched
and I felt wind
pull at my wings.

I could have lifted
my red eye
to the sun
dropped past the 
daring my wings to melt