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.