Paperback : 136 pages
ISBN-10 : 1915079934
Broken Sleep Books. Publication date: Nov 17 20222.
You can buy a signed copy directly from me here, and I am offering a discount book bundle of both my new books, while stocks last. Don’t forget to let me know who to sign it to! You can watch the video of the online launch on my Watch page.
You can also buy it direct from Broken Sleep Books or from most online bookstores – If you buy from Hive, a percentage is donated to local book shops. Or ask your local bookshop to get a copy. If you’re near Ilkley, the wonderful Grove Bookshop has copies in stock.
How to tell your story? “I want to talk,” the Author says on page 1. The Narrator who has been assigned to assist her knows that what is needed now is permission. “Go on,” says the Narrator – and a book is born.
Weaving threads and following tangents, Tania Hershman’s debut novel, a hybrid “fictional memoir-in-collage”, tells one story and many stories: how is it to be a woman moving happily alone through the world? Who are you if not in relation to others? A woman walks through the cemetery, talking to the dead. A class of schoolgirls grapples with what anger is and might be. A baby is left by scientists in a forest. Someone claims to be your grandmother.
As the Author writes her way into and through what she needs to say, the Narrator watches her develop and blossom and wonders what will happen when they reach the end. Go on.
You can read an exclusive excerpt in Mercurius magazine, and listen to me read an excerpt as part of ‘Who Will Call Me Beloved?’, the radio programme I made for BBC Radio 4/World Service (if you’re outside the UK) in 2019, and read the first few pages of the novel here >>
PRAISE for Go On:
On Amazon, Jupiter J says: “Not many books have ever made me cry – but this one did. Perhaps because I felt so emotionally involved in the characters, in the writing process, in the dialogue between living and the dead, and especially, because I felt seen. Really, I just couldn’t stop putting this book down. It kept stopping me in my tracks because it articulates things we don’t talk about, or not often enough, and it does it so well, so simply. And I had to put the book down, walk about for a bit, think a bit, before I was ready for another bite. I loved the hybridity, the brevity, and the risks it takes – not big showy risks – but small, personal, really risky risks. And it’s very, very meta.”
Tamar Yellin, author of Kafka in Bronteland and Gladwell the Parodist, says: “I LOVED Go On. It has lived with me for a week or more and I have always been eager to get back to it, always engaged afresh when I did. It is something beautiful you have created. Thank you for your honesty, your forthrightness, the inspiring freedom with which you write. It is one of the rare books I want to give or recommend to nearly everyone I know. After I read the final pages today, I immediately reread them and then read the opening pages again. There is a kind of alchemy in it. I love how you are able to express uncertainty, confusion, vulnerability in the same breath that you display such confidence, instinct and joy. And humour, of course.”
Giselle Leeb, author of Mammals, I Think We Are Called, calls Go On “An intriguing, vivid hybrid ‘fictional memoir-in-collage’ that blooms with multiple possibilities.” She says: “There’s a lot going on in this book, in the best possible way. A woman writing a story, with the help of a gentle but firm Narrator, thoughts on aloneness and living a life that is not ‘the norm’, without children or partner, and a kind of weighing up of a life lived up to the point of writing the book. The back and forth between the author writing the book and the narrator reads like a part of a self talking to another part, and creates a fascinating – and encouraging! – study of the writing process…” Read the full review here:
“As a fellow solo person who exists gleefully happily by myself, it both strongly-resonated, and utterly delighted me. Thank you so much for writing it, I think it’s the first time I’ve ever read a novel about a woman like me.” Hannah Smith, Worderist.com
“Delightful, inventive, entertaining, intriguing, powerful, tender. Kind. It’s allowing me to consider and question my creativity needs too…It’s an absolute joy of discovery to read, brilliant, thought-provoking and bold.” E L Norry, author of Son of the Circus
‘A sifting, shifting examination of the writing self and written selves, Hershman’s project considers and reveals its themes of gender, singularity and control with wit and urging, urgent tenderness.’ Eley Williams, author of The Liar’s Dictionary and Attrib, winner of the 2018 Republic of Consciousness Prize.
“This formally daring book throws itself and its questions open to the reader with tenderness, seriousness, and a deep joy.”
– K J Orr, author of Light Box
Alternately languid and lacerating, Tania Hershman’s Go On is a multivoiced narrative of a writer exploring the process of writing, simultaneously breaking the trappings enforced upon her and embracing the new and unexplored, the what-if of what women, writing, and women’s writing, can be.
– Cathleen Allyn Conway, American Ingenue
Watch the video of my online book launch on Nov 17th 2022