Paperback ‏ : ‎ 136 pages   ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1915079934   Publication date: Nov 17 20222

My debut novel, Go On, is published by Broken Sleep Books. A little bit about the book:

How to tell your story? “I want to talk,” the Author says on page 1. The Narrator who has been assigned to assist her knows that what is needed now is permission. “Go on,” says the Narrator – and a book is born.

Weaving threads and following tangents, Tania Hershman’s debut novel, a hybrid “fictional memoir-in-collage”, tells one story and many stories: how is it to be a woman moving happily alone through the world? Who are you if not in relation to others? A woman walks through the cemetery, talking to the dead. A class of schoolgirls grapples with what anger is and might be. A baby is left by scientists in a forest. Someone claims to be your grandmother.

As the Author writes her way into and through what she needs to say, the Narrator watches her develop and blossom and wonders what will happen when they reach the end. Go on.

You can read an exclusive excerpt in Mercurius magazine, and listen to me read an excerpt as part of ‘Who Will Call Me Beloved?’, the radio programme I made for BBC Radio 4/World Service (if you’re outside the UK) in 2019, and read the first few pages of the novel here >>

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PRAISE for Go On:

Giselle Leeb, author of Mammals, I Think We Are Called, calls Go On “An intriguing, vivid hybrid ‘fictional memoir-in-collage’ that blooms with multiple possibilities.” She says: “There’s a lot going on in this book, in the best possible way. A woman writing a story, with the help of a gentle but firm Narrator, thoughts on aloneness and living a life that is not ‘the norm’, without children or partner, and a kind of weighing up of a life lived up to the point of writing the book. The back and forth between the author writing the book and the narrator reads like a part of a self talking to another part, and creates a fascinating – and encouraging! – study of the writing process…”  Read the full review here:

“As a fellow solo person who exists gleefully happily by myself, it both strongly-resonated, and utterly delighted me. Thank you so much for writing it, I think it’s the first time I’ve ever read a novel about a woman like me.” Hannah Smith,

Delightful, inventive, entertaining, intriguing, powerful, tender. Kind. It’s allowing me to consider and question my creativity needs tooIt’s an absolute joy of discovery to read, brilliant, thought-provoking and bold.”  E L Norry, author of Son of the Circus

‘A sifting, shifting examination of the writing self and written selves, Hershman’s project considers and reveals its themes of gender, singularity and control with wit and urging, urgent tenderness.’ Eley Williams, author of The Liar’s Dictionary and Attrib, winner of the 2018 Republic of Consciousness Prize.

“This formally daring book throws itself and its questions open to the reader with tenderness, seriousness, and a deep joy.”

– K J Orr, author of Light Box

Alternately languid and lacerating, Tania Hershman’s Go On is a multivoiced narrative of a writer exploring the process of writing, simultaneously breaking the trappings enforced upon her and embracing the new and unexplored, the what-if of what women, writing, and women’s writing, can be.

– Cathleen Allyn Conway, American Ingenue

Watch the video of my online book launch on Nov 17th 2022