Nicola McDonagh

Whisper Gatherers (Extract)

Whisper Gatherers (Extract) by Nicola McDonagh
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fiction Fantasy, Fiction
For readers of:Sci-fi/Dystopian/Action Adventure, Patrick Ness, Veronica Roth, Suzanne Collins, Ursula K. Le Guin
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Print Length111 pages
PublisherNicola McDonagh
Publication DateMay 31 2015
About the Book

This is an Extract from the Thrilling Sci-fi/Dystopian series - The Song of Forgetfulness.

NotSoGreatBritAlbion is a land ravaged by famine and disease. Animal life is all but extinct and people are scattered, living in dread of the evil Agros that rule what is left of the human race - except for those who inhabit Cityplace. Here, in this sterile metropolis lives a unique girl with a special power. She is Adara – catcher of birds.

I’m Adara. I’ve got six fingers on each hand.

And a secret I cannot share.

There is a rustling in the wind.

Lights beyond the boundary fence.

A sign of Agro threat.

A murmur haunts Cityplace.

Something is coming.

When Agros cut food supplies and the special children start to go missing, hunger brings starving outcasts from the Wilderness to the gates of Adara’s quiet world. So begins the fight to save her home and family from a savage and terrifying force.

Does Adara have the courage and strength to use her special powers and find her missing bro? Or will the Agros join forces with the cannibal Carnies and destroy the peaceful folk of Cityplace, and beyond?

About the Author

I was born in Liverpool, England, the youngest of six and spent most of my childhood running through the garden; either being chased by or chasing my brothers, sisters, cats and dogs. I helped my dad grow vegetables and had a favourite pear tree that I would climb into whenever I felt sad. Oh, and sometimes I went to school.

After gaining a Drama and English Literature degree, I worked for many years as an actor/tutor/script writer.

As well as being an author, I am an editor, I teach photography and creative writing for both adults and young people, and I'm constantly exploring new ways to create photographic images and experiment with language.

My writing day begins about 3.00am when I wake up with a brilliant idea. My writing day ends about 3.02am when that idea vanishes with consciousness. But I do try to get in a couple of hours writing in the early afternoon before going to work.

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