Xenobe Purvis graduated from Oxford University in 2011 with a degree in English Literature. She writes unrelentingly, and has published short stories, reviews and travel articles, both online and in print. The Rest Untold, Xenobe’s first novel, was scribbled into a notebook on a remote island in the South Pacific, where she spent six months volunteering in 2012. She now lives in London.
The Rest Untold is her first novel. It portrays a family living in modern-day suburbia, addressing, particularly, the struggles of their youngest son upon growing a pair of wings. Documenting the endeavours of the family to keep this feathered secret, The Rest Untold is a magical realist novel, written in the tradition of Isabel Allende and Gabriel Garcia Márquez. A coming-of-age tale for the modern era, it engages with questions of language, disability, and identity.