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“… harrowing moments … engrossing tale … Paterson’s exceptional prose turns the seemingly mundane into alluring imagery … A solid blend of genres, though the writing and characters shine brightest.” – Kirkus Reviews
Two things, which seemed quite insignificant at the time, happened to me a few years ago. The first occurred during a visit to the Spanish city of Cordoba. I was sitting outside a café in a small square, reading about the Muslim conquest of Spain, in particular about a brief ‘golden age’ in the city, more than a thousand years before, when Christians, Jews and Muslims were apparently able to engage openly and peacefully with one another - in scholarship, if not in prayer. There was a moment of stillness, and I found myself imagining the square as it might have appeared a millennium before, with scholars from different religions meeting in the shade of the trees. Afterwards, I thought: what if the scene had been captured in some way, as a painting, perhaps? Would it have been censored or hidden in the years to come? Whose hands might it have fallen into?
The second thing happened a year later, when I was walking home from work through Regent’s Park, late on a summer’s evening, just before it was closed to the public. It felt as if I had the park to myself. I stopped by a tree, where the path rises slightly before falling towards the exit at Gloucester Gate. This time - don’t ask me why: perhaps I’d been working too hard - I imagined an archetypal fairy appearing on the path, offering to grant me a wish. What would I choose? More particularly, how would that choice actually play out in the real world, in the days and weeks that followed?
The memory of these two incidents - the idea that they might be connected in some way - nagged at me for some time. Bringing them together in a story seemed the only solution.
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