Next week will see the UK publication of Peter Fröberg Idling's brilliant debut novel, Song for an Approaching Storm. Idling's book is historical fiction with a twist that will leave you breathless. Its intriguing conceit is based on a real-life anecdote repeated by Pol Pot's former mentor, Keng Vannsak: that Pol Pot's relentless radicalisation came about partly as the result of a broken heart.... Working as a legal advisor in Cambodia at the time, Idling began to research the story in earnest, talking to former colleagues of Pol Pot and trying to track down Pol Pot's former fiancee, Somaly—was she still alive? And what of her involvement, while she was engaged to Pol Pot, with deputy Prime Minister Sam Sary? A fascinating tale of a love triangle between the three began to emerge... the result was this spellbinding, shattering novel. Peter Idling (born and based in Stockholm) trained as a lawyer but then became an aid worker in Cambodia. He was there as a human rights lawyer 2001-2003, then again in 2005 to write his first book (the award-winning Pol Pot's Smile) and again in 2008 for the second. It was during this time that the idea for Song for an Approaching Storm was conceived. There's already been a fantastic review in the Daily Mail, who called it a "beautifully evocative....must-read novel." If you're interested in hearing more from Peter, he will be appearing on the BBC World Service today and Radio 4's Today programme next week. We'll keep this post updated with more details so watch this space!