After eighteen months of fevered anticipation, we finally get to see the third chapter of Improper Books’ Porcelain saga. One of the jewels of the UK indie scene, Benjamin Read, Chris Wildgoose and their talented team are back together to bring us Porcelain: Ivory Tower – but can this third volume maintain the magic Porcelain released with its first two instalments or will its success finally shatter?

When it comes to eagerly anticipated indie books, then top of the list of titles we could not wait to read in 2017 has to be Porcelain: Ivory Tower from Improper Books. The sequel to Benjamin Read and Christian Wildgoose’s epic steampunk fantasy, it made it’s tentative debut at this year’s Lakes festival but is set to hit stores on October 25th. We take a sneak peak at what’s in store…

porcelain-ivory-towerOne of our most anticipated books of 2017, is set to be the follow up to 2015’s outstanding Porcelain: Bone China from Improper Books. Set to be released next summer, Benjamin Read and Chris Wildgoose’s Porcelain: Ivory Tower will pick up the story of Lady 10 years after the events of Bone China and will see Lady become a Mother. But if you can’t wait until next year to see what’s in store, you can check out a fantastic 12 page preview which you can find here.

Butterfly GateFollowing the huge critical success of Porcelain: Bone China and Briar, we take a look at Benjamin Read and Chris Wildgoose’s forgotten masterpiece, the dialogue free Butterfly Gate. But will this piece of ambitious story-telling being able to compete with the rich world building and stunning characterisation that we are used to from Read and Wildgoose?

BoneChina_coverHot on the footsteps of their feisty fairytale fantasy Briar, Benjamin Read and Christian Wildgoose have returned to the book that made their name with the new volume of Porcelain: Bone China. After reading our retrospective review of Porcelain: A Gothic Fairytale, you should be ready to delve into this long awaited sequel, but will this follow up be another work of art or just a cheap imitation?

Porcelain_coverIt’s been a bumper year for UK indie publisher Improper Books with titles like Briar and Night Post being met with critical praise. So we look back at their debut book, Benjamin Read and Christian Wildgoose’s Porcelain: A Gothic Fairy Tale, to see if this delicate story is too fragile to stand up to the rigours of time?

Briar_cover01Benjamin Read and Christian Wildgoose, the team behind sublime Porcelain: A Gothic Fairytale, have taken elements from the classic fairytale of Briar Rose and given it a 21st century update adding in bits of the Hunger Games and Game of Thrones to create a thoroughly modern take on the classic imprisoned princess. But will this post-modern approach make for thorny read?