Like many teenagers, Margaret Pritchard Houston was a big fan of the musical Les Miserables, the film version of which is due to hit American theatres on Christmas Day and the UK in January of 2013. Unlike most teenagers, however, her obsession led her to write a trilogy, entitled A Merry Requiem, based on the life of Victor Hugo, Les Mis’ author. “I wrote it first when I was about fifteen,” Houston says. “Then rewrote it four times over the course of my twenties. I figure Hugo took thirty years to write Les Mis, so my taking half that on A Merry Requiem is pretty good!”
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Renamed Philippe Etienne, Houston’s protagonist is sometimes difficult to like. “Yeah, he can be a tosser,” Houston admits. “There are times when I’m writing him and getting very disapproving. But he’s sympathetic because he’s trying to figure out what the moral thing to do is, even if that involves over-thinking and acting self-destructively. In the first book, he has to decide, ‘okay, if I do what I think is the right thing, I hurt people I love.’ I think we can all feel for him there.”
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“Houston has delved deep into history to show how human emotion remains constant,” says Cathy McLeod of Booktaste.com. “This extremely readable novel [is] a five-star read.”
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About Margaret Pritchard Houston
Originally from Connecticut, Margaret now lives in East London. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in Prime Number, On Earth as It Is, Floorboard Review, Clean Sheets, Interrobang, The Monarch Review, The Mom Egg, and Fourth River. In 2008, her play, Alexander, received four-star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. As a children’s worker in the church of England, she writes regularly for Diocesan and national audiences, and has a non-fiction book, There is a Season: celebrating the church year with children, coming out with SPCK in the spring of 2013.
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