Aignos Publishing Releases Derek Bickerton's Novel, "In the Heart of the Country" in eBook Format

Aignos Publishing, an imprint of Savant Books and Publications LLC, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, releases Derek Bickerton's second book in the Commandment Trilogy, "In the Heart of the Country" as an Amazon Kindle eBook/"Whispernet" Audiobook.
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"In the Heart of the Country" by Derek Bickerton
"In the Heart of the Country" by Derek Bickerton
HONOLULU - July 20, 2018 - PRLog -- In the first volume of the Commandment Trilogy, we left Zachary, the failed hermit, as he began to expiate his sins in the interior desert of fourth-century Egypt. This second volume links his story with that of Leila, the peasant girl whom the bandit Darion saved from rape at the hands of his gang. While Zachary goes through a series of bizarre experiences in a lost desert oasis, Leila travels to the White Monastery, ruled by the ruthless Shenoute, where, instead of the holy calm she expected, she finds only lesbian practices and spiteful intrigue. When Zachary falls mortally ill, he is rescued by an unexpected savior, and recovers to find himself a peasant in the Nile valley. There he meets Leila, who has been expelled from the White Monaster, and slowly, cautiously, almost unwillingly these two "casualties of the life," as they call themselves, begin to fall in love. Once again, with exemplary research and evocative writing, Derek Bickerton brings to life an exotic but little-known period of history, and sheds a unique light on the early development of Christianity -- both its good and its bad sides.

Derek Bickerton (d. 2018) was a multi-award-winning English-born American linguist and academic who was Professor Emeritus at the University of Hawaii in Manoa. He is the author of numerous academic works as well as the renowned novelist of the Commandment Trilogy. A poet extraordinaire, he wrote extensively on the richness of life and the mysteries of death. He is survived by his wife, Yvonne. Notable contributions include:
PAYROLL by Derek Bickerton (Eyre & Spottiswoode 1959)
THE GOLD RUN by Derek Bickerton (Eyre & Spottiswoode 1960)
THE MURDERS OF BOYSIE SINGH: Robber, Arsonist, Pirate, Mass Murderer, Vice, and Gambling King of Trinidad by Derek Bickerton (Arthur Barker 1962)
KING OF THE SEA: A Novel About a Man in the World of the Dolphins by Derek Bickerton (Random House 1979)
LANGUAGE AND SPECIES by Derek Bickerton (Univ of Chicago 1992)
LANGUAGE AND HUMAN BEHAVIOR (Jessie & John Danz Lectures) by Derek Bickerton (Univ of Washington1996)
THE DYNAMICS OF A CREOLE SYSTEM by Derek Bickerton (Cambridge Univ 2009)
BASTARD TONGUES: A Trailblazing Linguist Finds Clues to Our Common Humanity in the World's Lowliest Languages by Derek Bickerton (Hill and Wang 2009)
ADAM'S TONGUE: How Humans Made Language, How Language Made Humans by Derek Bickerton (Hill and Wang 2010)
THE DESERT AND THE CITY: Part 1 of the Commandment Trilogy by Derek Bickerton (Aignos 2013)
25 POEMS ON DEATH AND LOVE by Derek Bickerton (Createspace 2014)
MORE THAN NATURE NEEDS: Language, Mind, and Evolution by Derek Bickerton (Harvard Univ 2014)
IN THE HEART OF THE COUNTRY: Part 2 of the Commandment Trilogy by Derek Bickerton (Aignos 2015)
THE ROOTS OF LANGUAGE (Classics in Linguistics Vol 3) by Derek Bickerton (Language Science Press 2016)
KINDRED - 2018 Savant Poetry Anthology

by Derek Bickerton
Re-released as an eBook/Audiobook by Aignos Publishing in 2018
Suggested eBook Retail Price $7.95

The book is now available in printed softcover, Amazon Kindle eBook, and Amazon Kindle "Whispernet" Audiobook formats from at

The printed softcover version can be purchased at a discount from the Publisher's Shop online at, and is also available from Savant Bookstore Honolulu in-store and online at suggested retail price - for location and hours see

Distributed by Savant Distribution (, this work is also available from other major distribution outlets including Amazon Extended Distribution and Ingram Books.

Aignos Publishing LLC is an imprint of Savant Books and Publications dedicated to publishing avant garde, experimental and inventive works that "push the leading edge" of all genres of fiction and non-fiction. For more information, visit

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