When The Siren Calls has received the ultimate accolade, support from readers themselves, by making it into the top 100 books on Goodreads in November. Goodreads is the largest site for readers and book recommendations in the world with more than 12 million members.
In just the first month of publication, both as an eBook and paperback, the first in The Siren Calls trilogy, has also captured the attention of literary experts. A.M. Heath, which represents double Man-Booker prize winner Hillary Mantle, moved quickly to snap up the overseas translation rights.
The media also sense a story with more than 60 journalists braving a cold and wet November evening to meet Barry and pick up a copy of WTSC (27 November 2012). Emily Hill, feature writer at the Mail on Sunday was amongst those who interviewed Barry. She quickly picked up that the news story might be as much about the author as the book and wanted to know why he gave up a successful career in the City to write “the thinking woman’s Fifty Shades”.
Barry answered: “When the Siren Calls is about the heroine’s struggle to find the courage to give up financial security, and live the life she wants. I wrote from the heart, because that was a decision I faced, and for the last two years I have been lucky enough to live my dream.”
With interest already being expressed from literary agents for the second and third books, particularly following Barry’s attendance at the Brit Writers Awards (Saturday 1 December, London, UK), only time will tell if Barry has the courage to stay on the independent path he selected for his debut novel.
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Published in November 2012 by Matador ISBN: 9781780883106 Paperback/eBook
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