Launched recently, Renegade by Jane Austin is compelling story of 70s rebellion, revolution in Rojava and a family in a tailspin; a tale that touches the beating heart of our times.
Jane says about writing this novel:
“In writing Renegade, I look into the soul of a bomb-throwing anarchist in the 70s who convinces himself he’s on the right side of history, even after it all goes horribly wrong. Justin as a young man tries to throw off middle class chains to become a class warrior. Looking back at himself through the lens of time, he thinks of his workmates, and ‘nursed his soul with youthful memories of working alongside men with the weight and heft of authenticity, something he’d lacked his whole life.’
I wrote the novel drawing on my experience as an activist and as someone who lived through tidal waves of social change. I wanted to explore how global events can ricochet down the generations in unexpected ways. Justin’s youthful libertarian ideals are reflected in his son Sanjay, drawn into radical politics by his lover, who joins a Kurdish women’s militia to fight ISIS.
It’s a story of human frailty, regret and atonement and how our actions however large or small can change the lives of those around us.”
The launch of Renegade was well-attended and the book is on sale on the Cinnamon site, online platforms and, if you’re in London, in the Brick Lane Bookshop, as well as being available to order in other bookshops. Introducing the launch, Jane’s editor, Rowan Fortune, said:
The launch of Jane Austin’s Renegade was a well-attended author-interview discussion of the book’s key themes, as well as the broader writing process, interspersed with vibrant and tantalizing readings. Renegade tells the story of Leeds professor Justin as his radical, militant anarchist youth in the 70s resurfaces to haunt his contemporary academic and married life. The consequences for Justin and his family challenge both him and the reader to reflect on redemption, the meaning of the past and the importance of identity in times of political turmoil. After the readings, the audience asked diverse questions touching on the nature of class in the delivery of justice and all the way to the tricky details of a novelist researching a bombing campaign.
Read Renegade Chapter 1 and get hooked on this high stakes story.