The Finest Scribe in Aldgate: Revealing Kelly Robson’s High Times in the Low Parliament

The tale of a flirtatious scribe, several irritable fairies, and some rather important votes….

We’re thrilled to share the cover of Kelly Robson’s High Times in the Low Parliament, a lighthearted romp through an 18th-century London (alternately, per the author, “a lesbian stoner buddy comedy with fairies—about Brexit”)—arriving August 9, 2022 with Tordotcom Publishing.

Lana Baker is Aldgate’s finest scribe, with a sharp pen and an even sharper wit. Gregarious, charming, and ever so eager to please, she agrees to deliver a message for another lovely scribe in exchange for kisses and ends up getting sent to Low Parliament by a temperamental fairy as a result.

As Lana transcribes the endless circular arguments of Parliament, the debates grow tenser and more desperate. Due to long-standing tradition, a hung vote will cause Parliament to flood and a return to endless war. Lana must rely on an unlikely pair of comrades—Bugbite, the curmudgeonly fairy, and Eloquentia, the bewitching human deputy—to save humanity (and maybe even woo one or two lucky ladies), come hell or high water.

Cover art and design by Kate Forrester

Kelly Robson is an award-winning Canadian short fiction writer. Her time travel adventure Gods, Monsters and the Lucky Peach won the 2019 Aurora Award and was a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, Theodore Sturgeon, and Locus Awards; while her novelette “A Human Stain” won the 2018 Nebula Award. Kelly is also a winner of the Prix Aurora and has been a finalist for the World Fantasy, Astounding, and Sunburst Awards. Find her on Twitter and Instagram.



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