Love is evolutionary . . .
A young woman walks alone through a barren landscape in a time before history, a time of cataclysmic natural change. She is cold, hungry and with child but not without hope or resources. A skilful hunter, she draws on her intuitive understanding of how to stay alive… and knows that she must survive.
In present-day London, geneticist Dr Eloise Kluft wrestles with an ancient conundrum as she unravels the secrets of a momentous archaeological find. She is working at the forefront of contemporary science but is caught in the lonely time-lock of her own emotional past.
Bone Lines is the story of two women, separated by millennia yet bound by the web of life. A tale of love and survival – of courage and the quest for wisdom – it explores the nature of our species and asks what lies at the heart of being human.
Although partly set during a crucial era of human history 74,000 years ago, Bone Lines is very much a book for our times. Dealing with themes from genetics, climate change and migration to the yearning for meaning and the clash between faith and reason, it also paints an intimate portrait of two extraordinary characters. The book tackles some of the big questions but requires no prior or special knowledge of any of the subjects to enjoy.
Inspired by a series of ‘what ifs’ Bone Lines is a debut novel that has come to life through the professional publishing platform of Unbound. This innovative form of book-making delivers the power to commission literature into the hands of patrons and readers, allowing an array of distinctive, off-beat or undiscovered stories to take shape – and for a variety of fresh voices to find their audience – in the way that mass-market models often struggle to.
Bone Lines stands alone as a novel but also marks the beginning of the Children of Sarah series.
Bone Lines is also available from independent bookshops up and down the country, including Edge of the World Penzance, Max Minerva’s Bristol, Broadhursts of Southport, Owl Bookshop Kentish Town, and Primrose Hill Books. And for free international shipping the book can be ordered here.
The ebook is available from Amazon, the Apple iBook Store and Kobo.
Stephanie’s short stories have appeared in literary magazines and curated anthologies…
The Right Kind of Medicine, a ‘cli-fi’ story exploring the nature of healing, was selected for Sunshine Superhighway, a collection of ‘solar punk’ stories with a positive outlook from Jay Henge Publishing. It is available here.
Human Error, a gripping near-future tale of DNA, identity and power, is featured in the new short story anthology, Taking Liberties, from the Breakthrough Book Collective (of which Stephanie is a founding member). It’s a collection of 12 vivid and varied stories from 12 accomplished authors on the theme of freedom. You can get it here.
Things that Fall, a tender exploration of the timeless and often surprising nature of love (featuring a minor character from Bone Lines) was written purely for Stephanie’s mailing list subscribers and also comes as part of the package for sign ups, here.
Born in Hong Kong to a pair of Liverpudlians (and something of a nomad ever since) Stephanie Bretherton is now based in Cornwall.
Before returning to her first love of creative writing, she spent many years pursuing alternative forms of storytelling, from stage to screen and media to marketing.
A lifelong fascination with science and spirituality, nature and culture (and what connects rather than separates) characterises her bestselling debut novel, Bone Lines (published by Unbound in 2018). These themes are also often present in her short stories, such as Human Error (New Orbit Magazine) and The Right Kind of Medicine (Sunshine Superhighway anthology by Jay Henge Publishing).
Stephanie is currently working on a sequel to Bone Lines, the second novel in The Children of Sarah series.
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NEWS / EVENTS
Stephanie has organised and participated in a number of literary events and talks, from bookshops and bookclubs to literary festivals and themed events. For further information on events please watch this space… or get in touch to set something up!
In an exciting new enterprise, Stephanie is a founding member of the Breakthrough Book Collective, an affiliation of accomplished authors and creatives coming together for events and publishing projects. The first offering is a short story anthology based on the theme of freedom called Taking Liberties, which reached number 19 in the Amazon literary short story chart on its recent release!
PRAISE FOR OTHER EVENTS
“Stephanie organised a fantastic group of authors for our Women’s History Month event who delivered a really interesting collection of readings and responses to ideas around women’s history. Stephanie was an excellent speaker and a pleasure to work with.”
Ruth Miller, Events Organiser, Southwark Cathedral
Thank you Stephanie, that was such a great event! Also Paul read Bone Lines and really liked it. Lindsay’s Green Man Dreaming is inspirational.
— Waterstones Exeter (@waterstonesex) October 15, 2021
“It was great to chat with the lovely @BrethertonWords at our @lablit book club meeting at the Royal Institution about her novel Bone Lines, a fascinating discussion!”
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The Book Birthday celebration giveaway has now closed and the winners have been contacted directly. Signed paperbacks of Bone Lines are on their way to: Andrea J (who wins the pendant), George S and James R.
Thanks to everyone who signed up – watch this space for more giveaways in due course!