My debut novel, A Calculated Life, was a finalist for the 2013 Philip K. Dick and Kitschies Golden Tentacle Awards. My second novel, released in December 2015, is Sleeping Embers of an Ordinary Mind.
Included in The Guardian’s Best SFF Books of 2015
History is story telling
But some stories remain untold
In fifteenth-century Italy, Paolo Uccello recognizes the artistic talent of his young daughter, Antonia, and teaches her how to create a masterpiece. The girl composes a painting of her mother and inadvertently sparks an enduring mystery.
In the present day, a copyist painter receives a commission from a wealthy Chinese businessman to duplicate a Paolo Uccello painting. Together, the painter and his teenage daughter visit China, and in doing so they begin their escape from a tragic family past.
In the twenty-second century, a painting is discovered that’s rumoured to be the work of Paolo Uccello’s daughter. This reawakens an art historian’s dream of elevating Antonia Uccello, an artist ignored by history because of her gender.
Stories untold. Secrets uncovered
But maybe some mysteries should remain shrouded
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Published by 47North. Cover art by M S Corley
“Anne Charnock’s Sleeping Embers of an Ordinary Mind (47North) is an expert braiding together of past, present and future that puts a 15th-century Italian female artist centre stage to say penetrating things about womanhood, creativity and history.” — Adam Roberts, The Guardian
“Sleeping Embers of an Ordinary Mind is certainly one of 2015’s tip-top releases in science fiction.” — Jesse Hudson, Speculiction
“…this quiet, lovely and exquisitely crafted novel is itself a masterclass in composition… As in her debut novel A Calculated Life, the clarity and refined elegance of Charnock’s prose is a significant achievement.” — Nina Allan, The Spider’s House
THIRD NOVEL DEAL WITH 47NORTH
I’ve signed a contract with 47North for Dreams Before the Start of Time. This novel is a work-in-progress and publication is due in early 2017! More here.
Phantasma Stories—edited by J.D. Horn and Roberta Trahan
My contribution is a near-future science fiction story titled “The Adoption.”
The full list of contributors:
Anne Charnock (author of A Calculated Life)
J. D. Horn (author of the Witching Savannah series)
Jason Kirk (author of Reverb:Poems)
Kate Maruyama (author of Harrowgate)
Jodi McIsaac (author of the Thin Veil series)
Roberta Trahan (author of The Dream Stewards series)
FINALIST FOR THE PHILIP K. DICK AWARD 2013
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Sleeping Embers of an Ordinary Mind is certainly one of 2015’s tip-top releases in science fiction.
Charnock’s dystopia is actually believable. It’s very like our own world, but slightly stretched at the edges—corporate interests reign unchecked, the class structure is rigid, and technology has taken us well beyond the limitations of our synapses and gray matter. Charnock is a subtle worldbuilder, but a convincing one..
Charnock has fascinating, complex things to say about work, sex, family and hope (and that pretty much covers it, don’t you think?)
Charnock’s novel is entirely and definitively her own. It is lovingly crafted, beautifully made in the economical, expert way a piece of Arts and Crafts furniture is made – pure lines, and perfectly suited to its intended purpose.
This is a story beautifully and simply narrated, the language economical but evocative, and it remains compelling without ever resorting to sensationalism. A coming-of-age tale exploring what it means to be human, it kept me gripped to the end.
This story puts us inside one of the most interesting perspectives I’ve encountered in recent fiction. Jayna’s perspective is so unique that I would happily have followed her anywhere, and, as a consequence, the cleverness of this plot almost snuck up on me. A smart, stylish, emotionally compelling book with literary richness and sci-fi smarts.
Gets the grey matter firing . . . Such easily accessible yet intelligent fiction can be quite a rarity, and one to be savored.
There is a degree of elegance in the uncluttered prose that Charnock wields to introduce optimism into a pessimistic view of the future.
A Calculated Life, by Anne Charnock, is one of those books that while overtly science fiction is really a great insight into humanity today. Ultimately . . . this book is more about human emotion and intelligence than it is about the future: And it’s that exploration that makes this such a compelling work.