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Francesca Haig is an author and academic. Her poetry is widely published, and she is the author of the post-apocalyptic trilogy, The Fire Sermon series, which is translated in more than 20 languages. The Fire Sermon, her first novel, was published in 2015 by HarperVoyager (UK) and Simon & Schuster (US and Canada). The sequel, The Map of Bones came out in 2016, and the trilogy concluded in 2017 with The Forever Ship.

Francesca gained her PhD from the University of Melbourne, and her principal research area is Holocaust literature. She grew up in Tasmania, and currently lives in London.
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Francesca Haig The second in the trilogy is due to be published in Jan 2016 in the UK - and I think publication date in the US & Canada is usually a few weeks after …moreThe second in the trilogy is due to be published in Jan 2016 in the UK - and I think publication date in the US & Canada is usually a few weeks after that. I'm hard at work on the edits for Book 2 at the moment (and Book 3 is also underway...). So glad to hear that you loved The Fire Sermon - thank you!(less)
Francesca Haig Thanks so much, Julie - delighted that you enjoyed The Fire Sermon! As for the title: I first came across the phrase in T.S. Eliot's immortal poem 'Th…moreThanks so much, Julie - delighted that you enjoyed The Fire Sermon! As for the title: I first came across the phrase in T.S. Eliot's immortal poem 'The Waste Land.' From the minute I ecountered the phrase, it really stuck in my mind. It turned out that Eliot had taken the phrase from an important Buddhist teaching about about detachment from earthly things and emotions. This seemed to fit with some of the ideas of my novel - but if I'm honest, I was hooked on the phrase before I'd even googled it to learn more about it. I found those three words alone so powerfully evocative. There's a couple of lines in the first page or so where I try to give some context for the title, within the world of the novel ('Before the blast, they say there’d been sermons about fire, about the end of the world. The fire itself gave the last sermon; after that there were no more.').(less)
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