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She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick, reviewed by SF Said
Sedgwick is best known for novels with a dark, gothic feel, but there is a sense of hope and love here that appears new to his work. It is hard not to see his mirror-image in the figure of Laureth’s father: known for his funny books, now trying to write a serious one about coincidence. Extracts from his notebook punctuate and structure Sedgwick’s story. They are fascinating, but, ultimately, if you approach She Is Not Invisible as a book about coincidence, you may be left with a sense of anticlimax. Laureth’s voice is the heart of this book. You don’t want to put it down because you don’t want to leave her. As with Holden Caulfield, Christopher and Auggie, you can’t help but love her – and through her, come to know the world a little differently.
Marcus Sedgwick’s SHE IS NOT INVISIBLE, coming 3 October 2013 from Orion/ Indigo, is to be published simultaneously in hardback, eBook (with text to speech), audio, large print (via AudioGo), and in Braille and Daisy format (via the RNIB), enabling it to be fully accessible to all readers.
The unabridged audio edition of SHE IS NOT INVISIBLE will be read from the braille by actor Anna Cannings. Anna is a London-based Actor, Voice Artist, Model, Writer and Motivational Speaker. Anna will also be featuring on the soon to be launched book trailer for SHE IS NOT INVISIBLE; our first trailer to promote the audio, physical and eBook editions simultaneously.
As part of the publication activity, Orion/ Indigo and Marcus Sedgwick have teamed up with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) to help celebrate Read for RNIB day on the 11 October, a fundraising campaign which aims to make reading more accessible for blind and partially sighted people.
SHE IS NOT INVISIBLE will form part of a special project with The Reading Agency, New College in Worcester (a national school and college for students who are blind or partially sighted, and inspiration and research for Marcus in the writing of the book) and the RNIB.
Set in London and Manhattan, SHE IS NOT INVISIBLE explores obsession, trust and coincidence in a page-turning thriller about Laureth Peak’s mission to find her missing father.
The author says of the simultaneous editions:
‘Any idea how few of the tens of thousands of books that are published every year are also published in Braille, for blind and visually impaired readers? Less than 1%. This seems hard to understand in a world where technological advances are revolutionising so many aspects of the book world. And indeed, there are now devices to scan any printed book, and turn it into either synthesised speech or a file that can be loaded into a portable Braille reader. But this is a slow and arduous process and one that is further hampered by changes in the hardware and software involved. Of course, many blind people prefer to ‘read’ their books in the form of audiobooks, and though more audiobook versions are published than Braille editions, the total number still falls way short of the titles available to the sighted community. I am therefore delighted to be able to say that my new book, She Is Not Invisible, will be available, at the same time as the printed edition, in a Braille edition, and as an audiobook.’