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Peter Taylor-Gooby Author Interview

A Kinder City follows two people who question the way their world is set up, making the rich richer and destroying the environment around them, how can they change things for the benefit of all? What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

My stories all come from the conflicts that people experience between the assumptions of the world in which they live and their own beliefs and desires. In this case, Sarah and David question a world that is based on greed and self-interest, a little bit like ours. They find a better way to live through respect or each other and the world around them.

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David is a young man with strong ideals that come crashing down when he meets Sarah. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

David’s a serious young man, committed to upholding the one law of Market World. He falls headlong in love with the spirited and inquiring Sarah and his adventures force him to call everything he believed into question. By the end of the story he is wiser, happier and still in love with Sarah.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

Environmental catastrophe as the outcome of uncontrolled market individualism and, above all, compassion.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

“Aspasia’s Bard”. A new direction for me. It tells the story of Aspasia, girlfriend of the foremost statesman in Ancient Athenian democracy, Pericles, from the viewpoint of one of her slaves. Insights into the ancient world and the wars and struggles of the Greeks to develop a new kind of society, and a love story.

Out in 2023.

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What place for love in a city ruled by greed?
Sarah, spirited and caring, is on her first trip outside her village. But the city is dominated by the grim law of the market – the only relations permitted are between buyer and seller. Her gift of a wagonload of food to those who need it is a crime. David, a serious-minded police cadet who naively trusts in the law, arrests her and finds himself falling in love.
Franklin, the richest man in Market World, puts a price on everything. His giant factories spew forth road beasts – the huge machines that devastate the lands beyond the City in pursuit of yet more wealth.
How can David prove his love to Sarah? And how can they save her village and build a kinder city?
A gripping and thought-provoking eco-sci-fi novel, set in a world a little bit like ours.

A Kinder City

A Kinder City, by Peter Taylor-Gooby, is set in a world similar to ours called Market World. It’s a world that has been shaped by what’s called ‘the Great Hunger’ which led to ‘the One Law’. Everything has to be sold for a fair price for the buyer and the seller. Giving gifts is a crime but Sarah wants to give to those in need. When David, a newly graduated police officer, meets her, his life is changed and he can no longer believe in the law as he once did. Together, they face off against Franklin, the richest man on Market World.

This novel brought to life how modern industry is affecting the natural world without coming across as preaching. Peter Taylor-Gooby creatively illustrates the differences that exist between the city and village life. There were differences such as the color of outfits, how one did business and differences between the characters.

Author Taylor-Gooby paints a vivid picture of the character’s surroundings allowing the reader to clearly picture it in their minds. I was surprised at how the protagonist, David, fell in love so easily and got swept along in the story. He went along with the events in order to win the love of a girl he barely knew. Which made for an intriguing yet a little unsatisfying read because I wanted to see David put up a little bit of a fight. There were several thrilling instances where David found himself having to get into Franklin’s, the antagonist, mill and out. I was holding my breath the entire time.

A Kinder City, by Peter Taylor-Gooby is an interesting story that tackles industry versus agricultural life in a way that doesn’t preach. The author provides a good balance of dialogue between characters and making it hard not like them.

Pages: 284 | ASIN : B09WYYM15L

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