Chiswick Writer Publishes New Teens Title

Roger Davenport's novel is a futuristic coming-of-age story


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Chiswick author Roger Davenport has just published his latest novel, Wanderer, a young adult book published by Sky Pony Press in America, for readers aged 13-17.

The book tells the story of two teenagers who come together in a post-apocalyptic society and has been described as part of the popular genre of 'coming-of-age stories' set in futuristic fragmented societies. The Hunger Games is one such example.

Wanderer is described as "a journey of danger, growth, friendship, and hope for a new generation".

The story takes place in a vast lost valley in which society has been split in two: the Wanderers, who team together to battle against the elements and each other in the harsh world of the desert; and those who live in the pyramid city of Arcone, whose closed environment and tightly controlled society enable them to maintain a more civilized existence in the face of an environmentally devastated planet. Readers follow Kean, a Wanderer adopted into a team that has protected him since he was a child, and Essa, who lives with her parents in the pyramid and chafes at the restrictions the government places on them.

Roger, who is the son of John Davenport (former literary critic for the Observer) became a writer after careers as an actor, advertising executive and theatre manager. He has written extensively for television, including episodes of All Creatures Great and Small, Bergerac and The Bill. His books for young people have been published by The Bodley Head, Bloomsbury, and Red Fox amongst others.

The Observer described one of his previous books, Onlooker as a "very well written book" while the Sunday Times has described him as "a perceptive and assured writer".

He has lived for many years in the Bedford Park area with his wife the actress Joanna Mc Callum, and they have two children, Alexandra and Harry.

Wanderer is out on Kindle, and as an epub book, and as an audio book.


June 21, 2013

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