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Band of Gypsies

UK Publisher: Gollancz

Band of Gypsies is the riveting new instalment of Gwyneth Jones’s award-winning Bold As Love series.

Ax Preston, former dictator, returns to England; he’s agreed to take up the job of Green President. At close quarters he finds some outrageous details in the contract, so the Triumvirate decamps for Paris, to sit out the first hard winter in ostentatious poverty. He’s quite certain he can negotiate a better deal. But while Ax and Sage and Fiorinda are embarrassing the English government, over conditions in the new slavery labour camps, bad things are happening for the President of the USA. Fred Eiffrich’s enemies in Washington are about to drop a bombshell, one that will shatter any hope of a return to former realities, former certainties. What happened at Lavoisier is not over. It’s coming back, it’s never going to end. Not while Fiorinda lives … or her child.

Bold As Love, the first book in the series, won the prestigious Arthur C Clarke Award, and the third was short-listed for the same award.