Daniel Wiles is from Walsall in the West Midlands. He recently completed the Prose MA at UEA, where he was the recipient of the Booker Prize Foundation Scholarship. Mercia’s Take is his first novel, released on Feb 3rd 2022. Being set in the Black Country, it seems immensely appropriate to be welcoming him to launch the book at this free and exclusive online 'In Conversation' event with R.M. Francis.

About Mercia's Take

1870s, the Black Country.

Michael is a miner. But it’s no life for a man.

Michael exhausts himself working two jobs, to send his son Luke to school, so he won’t have to be a miner too.

Down the pit one day, he finds a seam of gold. If he gets it out, he can save his own life, and Luke's.

But his workmate has other ideas…

Mercia’s Take summons an England in the heat of the industrial revolution, and the lives it took to make it. Gripping, powerful and intense, it is the debut of an astonishing new talent.

Date: 6 February

Time: 4pm

Venue: Online

Price: Free

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