Friday, 21 June 2013

Debut Spotlight: Nuala Casey

One of the things I love about the world of book blogging is discovering new authors and there's no shortage of up and coming talent.  Next month sees the publication of another book from a debut author that I like the look of Soho 4 A.M. by Nuala Casey.

6 July 2005. Great Britain has just been announced as the next host of the Olympics. The euphoric crowds pour forth from Trafalgar Square into theh waiting bars and restaurants of Soho.

Dreams, drugs, debauchery... Soho is London's red light district, where any desire can be satisfied in the blink of an eye. But behind it all there is a permanent community of residents whose own sins are concealed by the partying and excess. Zoe, an aspiring model looking for her big break, will discover the sinister world behind the bright lights; artist Seb is hoping he can forget the past by drinking himself into oblivion, while his friend Ade is about to take extreme measures to save his livelihood and relationship. Meanwhile, Stella, Ade's girlfriend, wonders if this is the night to escape. 

Through the dark streets, these four ordinary people walk a dangerous, twisted path through London's greatest adult playground. Come the morning of 7 July, as jubilation turns to horror, will they have fallen into Soho's poisoned embrace while the nation's eyes are turned elsewhere? 

Thanks to Nuala's publishers Quercus you can read a sneak peek of the first couple of chapters here ahead of next week's publication and there's also the chance to win 1 of 5 copies of the book here.

Nuala Casey graduated from Durham University in 2001 and moved to London to pursue a career as a singer-songwriter. However, her experiences living in Soho where she chronicled the comings and goings of the people around her, took her life in a different direction. She went on to work as a copywriter and was awarded an MA in Creative Writing. Soho and the urban landscape of London continue to provide inspiration for her writing. Soho, 4am is Nuala's first novel.

If you'd like to follow the build up to publication date then why not head over to Nuala's Facebook page or follow her on Twitter.


  1. I like the idea behind this book, that while everyone is focused on the olympics, these lives are crumbling in the background.

    On another note (sorry for hijacking), I've nominated you for an award:

  2. This book sounds so interesting, thanks for telling us about it.