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Against Walls: 1 Paperback – 25 April 2018

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Independently published (25 April 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 570 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1980893969
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1980893967
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.24 x 3.63 x 22.86 cm
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Bryn Hammond (she/her, and queer) lives in a coastal town in Australia, where she likes to write while walking in the sea. She grew up on ancient and medieval epics, the Arthur cycle original and modern, nineteenth-century novelists, particularly Russian and French, and out of fashion poets, namely Algernon Swinburne. Always a writer – to the neglect of other paths in life that might have been more sensible – she found the perfect story in The Secret History of the Mongols, a thirteenth-century prose and verse account of Chinggis Khan.

On Against Walls:

I am a great fan of the Secret History of the Mongols, our unique primary source for the life of Chinggis Khan, and my original for this novel. I follow in its footsteps, for it is a work of art as well as a work of history -- an epic and a biography. It has so much to tell us, if we have ears to hear. I try to listen as attentively as I know how.

On Imaginary Kings:

Imaginary Kings is the second in my trilogy, and perhaps the most engaged with the Secret History of the Mongols. The Secret History is our unique primary source on the life of Tchingis Khan, being the only account from a Mongol perspective, written down within a few years of his death, by people who knew him. Its spine is the love and rivalry between Temujin (Chinggis) and his anda, or sworn brother, Jamuqa. This story too is the guts of mine. I try to follow the Secret History not only in its events but in its sensibilities and attitudes. It is a glorious source for a novelist to work with: rich in human incident, in conflicts and quandaries, in poetry.

On Voices from the Twelfth-Century Steppe:

Rounded Globe (a digital publisher of independent scholarship) gave me the opportunity to write about my craft, and to turn my explorations of the Secret History of the Mongols into a nonfiction format -- to account for a few of the conclusions I had reached while writing my novels from this source. The Secret History is not only underutilized in Western fiction, but remains understudied as a text. I passionately believe we have more to learn from it than we have yet understood... although my suggestions are speculative, tentative, and offered in a spirit of inquiry.

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