Vic James is a current affairs TV director who loves stories in all their forms, and Gilded Cage is her debut novel. She as twice judged the Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize, has made films for BBC1, BBC2, and Channel 4 News, and is a huge Wattpadd.com success story. Under its previous title, Slavedays, her book was read online over a third of a million times in first draft. And it went on to win Wattpad’s ‘Talk of the Town’ award in 2015 – on a site showcasing 200 million stories. Vic James lives and works in London.
Our Radio 2 panel loved Gilded Cage – here are some of their comments:
“This is storytelling at its best. It has a feel of the more exciting and magical bits of Harry Potter with a much darker and political slant to it. It carried me forward with the right amount of teasing of what was to come and a few shocks along the way and I just wanted to keep reading.”
“A fascinating take on an alternative version of Britain, where slavery is still a reality, but instead of race it is magical skill that separates. Clever, engaging, and although written with a YA audience in mind, will be enjoyed by all ages.”
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