It's time for Luz to become a woman. In her Amazonian tribe that means being painted blue and having your hair ripped out by your family. But if that's what it takes to be a grown-up Luz wants no part of it. It's time for Sarah to become an adult and see the world after finishing her degree. But what begins as an exciting trek through the jungle of Colombia soon becomes a terrifying and life-changing ordeal. This is their story. A story about hostages and kidnappers, adults and children. But, the question is, which is which? Sarah, a backpacking student and her tour group get kidnapped by guerrilla soldiers whilst on a trek to a lost Inca city in the jungles of Northern Colombian. But she makes friends with some of her captors, in particular, a young girl solder, who reveals to Sarah her own harrowing story and leaves Sarah wrestling with the idea that her kidnappers may be more captive than herself. The novel is based on a real hostage situation that occurred in 2003 in the same area of Colombia. It is a story about freedom and illusions of freedom. About maturity and illusions of maturity. It is the story of a sisterhood which blossoms in the most unlikely of places; an exotic natural wonder which becomes the most unlikely of prisons. Warren FitzGerald was born in 1973. He lives in London. His debut novel 'The Go-Away Bird' was first published in 2010. It won an Amazon Rising Stars Award in the same year and in 2011 was longlisted for The Authors' Club Best First Book Award. It was also Waterstones' Book of the Month in October 2011: "It is hard to believe this is Warren FitzGerald's first novel, so sure is his hand and so powerful the book." MAIL & GUARDIAN "This is one of those books that makes you think and makes you feel and stays with you long after you have turned over the last page. An incredible debut novel." Middlesbrough Evening Gazette "Such is the power of Warren FitzGerald's writing that... I would very simply recommend this book to anyone." Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme.
Used availability for Warren FitzGerald's Tying Down The Sun
April 2014 : UK Paperback