Wow you wait almost a month for a blog post and two come along within less than 12 hours of each other! I will explain all in another post, hopefully in the next week or so, but for now, this morning I wanted to chat to you about the brilliant The Well Deceived by Isaac Kuhnberg. Shall we dive right in?
Faye at Authoright has come to me a few times now regarding blogging book tours, and to be honest I genuinely think The Well Deceived is the best one I’ve read so far. Without any exaggeration, I literally read it all in one night. Trust me, I was exhausted the next day. But it was so worth it!
Set in a time and place somewhat resembling 1950s England, The Well Deceived follows William Riddle, a scholar at a public school for those meant to lead society. As with really any 1950s public school in ENgland, bullying and abuse are rife, but WIlliam eventually makes a friend who makes life at school more tolerable. Between them, they create a private world. One in which all the criminals and deviants live. It’s their way of coping with their school and the staff there. However, WIlliam’s life is thrown into a shambles when we discover his father had committed an act of treason. William is removed from school and interrogated in a detention centre. Upon escaping here, he is shocked by the discovery that everything he has ever learnt is all false.
Okay so I know my summaries of the books can sometimes be a little dull and not at all enticing, but below is the official blurb of The Well Deceived, and I would challenge even the non-readers out of you all to not be slightly interested in it after reading this!
A thought-provoking mystery in turns comic and disturbing, set in a country that resembles England in the 1950s, with one crucial difference. No women.
William Riddle is a scholar at Bune, the ancient public school where the sons of Anglia’s first families are prepared for a leading role in society. His first few weeks are a miserable round of bullying and abuse, until he makes a friend: Paul Purkis, son of a government minister. Together they create a grotesque private world, known as Malcaster, populated by criminals and deviants, as an outlet for their contempt for the school and its staff.
Overnight William’s world collapses. He is called into the headmaster’s office and told that his scientist father has committed an unspecified act of treason. William is hauled off to a detention centre to be interrogated. Escaping, he finds refuge in the louche sub-culture of the capital city, and comes to learn that everything he has ever been taught is a complete fabrication.
See?? Isn’t it interesting? This is why the day I got it, I just had to stay up all night reading. No regrets. In fact, I’m going to drop the link here for any of you to purchase either the e-book or paperback copy ->
Right, before I go any further, I should probably tell you a little bit about Isaac Kuhnberg, the brains behind my favourite book of 2018 so far. Splitting his time between the South of France and Cambridge, Issac Kuhnberg enjoys spending his time writing and painting. At The University of Hull he gained his PhD in English, focussing on the novels and authors of the 1930’s, including Christopher Isherwood and Evelyn Waugh, which would later inspired his own writing. The Well Deceived is his debut novel, and is available to purchase from online retailers including Amazon (see above), and to order from all good bookstores.
I adored it. There’s no other way to say it. I genuinely loved The Well Deceived, and was actually sad to finish it. There was that emptiness that a lot of readers feel at the end of a genuinely well written, well thought out story. In fact, my only complaint about the entire book would be that the font was a little too small when reading it at 3am, but then again I’m not sure that was the intended reading time, and that is by no means a fault of Isaac’s.
You have to read The Well Deceived. There’s no two ways about it. And if I haven’t been able to persuade you, then maybe the others taking part in the tour will be able to change your mind. Why not give them a read?
What are you waiting for? Let me know if you do pick up a copy!