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That Five Live Broadcast – the Edited Highlights

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on May 29, 2008

I was far too nervous, excited and overawed to take anything in during the Book Panel last week, so I had no real idea of what anyone had said, although I did get the general impression that they might have liked the book. Fortunately, Sophie Portas from Macmillan has a cooler head than me – and access to the podcast – and has managed to extract the following flattering quotes:

‘It reminded me of Barbara Vine’s novels…and for me there’s no greater praise…Absolutely fascinating.’ – Boyd Hilton

‘It opens brilliantly…it ends spectacularly…you cannot stop reading it…The confidence of it is an astonishing achievement.’ – Joel Morris

‘I really enjoyed it…It’s a great book to go out and buy and read over the weekend.’ – Zarah Hussain

Wow. Still, lest my head grow too large, here’s a damn-with-faint-praise review from The Truth About Books that puts me right back in my box: ‘I actually liked it,’ is the verdict, although ‘perhaps psychological thriller and bird watching shouldn’t be mentioned in the same sentence’.

Not bad from someone who doesn’t like birds, I suppose.

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Spotted again

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on May 23, 2008

My thanks to Erase for spotting this in Foyles, one of my top ten favourite bookshops of all time

Out of a Clear Sky in Foyles

Face out and everything!

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Phew!

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on May 22, 2008

I’ve just come back from a slightly nerve-wracking hour at Radio Five Live on Book Panel, watching all the various presenters play musical chairs in the studio and talking about Out of a Clear Sky and Tim Winton’s new novel Breath. I hope I made sense – I have absolutely no idea what I said as I was far too nervous to think.

If you missed it the podcast is here. I’m on second, about half an hour in. I won’t be listening myself, though. For some things, it’s best not to know…

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Radio Five Book Panel

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on May 22, 2008

A quick reminder if anyone’s interested – I will be on Simon Mayo’s Book Panel at 3pm today.  The other guest on the panel will be the brilliant Tim Winton to discuss his new book, Breath – I’m moving in exalted company these days. If you miss the program, it’s available as a podcast – I’ll put a link up after the show.

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Next Stop:Vulpes Libris

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on May 20, 2008

Roger Morris – author of Taking Comfort and also (as R.N. Morris) of A Vengeful Longing and A Gentle Axe – has taken time off from his plogging, and battles with his arch enemy, the cat, to interview me on Vulpes Libris.

If you’ve not come across it before, Vulpes Libris is a great booky blog, and worth a look in its own right. Plus you get to find out my five favourite books – or at least my five favourite books at the time of writing. So hard to choose just five…

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Radio Five Live – Book of the Month

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on May 16, 2008

Out of a Clear Sky has been selected as the book of the month for Simon Mayo’s Book Panel. ‘The best in new writing’ is its tag line – I couldn’t possibly comment. Anyway, if you want to comment, go over and have a look, you can download the first five chapters and write your own review, and the best will be read out on air.

I’ll keep you posted with more details about this, including broadcast dates and times.

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Leave no Tern Unstoned

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on May 15, 2008

Tuesday lunchtime saw me in a basement in the bowels of Heffers bookshop in Cambridge, busy defacing my own books. Sorry, signing them. As these were for the serious collectors, I was ‘signing, lining and dating’ them – writing a line from the book, as well as my signature and a date. And there were a lot of them – one collector had ordered six. I hope he (and somehow I think it was a he) has a glance at the text before he puts it away in a darkened vault, or eBay, or wherever they are destined to end up. Fortunately, Richard from Heffers had chosen a variety of lines – including ‘leave no tern unstoned’, and ‘birds, the feathered kind’ (but not ‘look at the tits on that!’ thank God) as well as the opening sentence – so I had a little variety. And he fed me a lovely sandwich lunch, introduced me to two charming ladies from his book group and sent me off with a bottle of wine, so I’m not complaining. It was an interesting glimpse into the world of the serious book collector. A bit like the world of bird watching, perhaps?

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More Touring…

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on May 14, 2008

My virtual book tour continues here, at ManiacMum, where Jane Henry has some interesting questions about birds, birdwatching and writing in general.

Coming up soon, when I catch my breath after three manic days in London, will be an explanation of the mysterious art of ‘signing, lining and dating’…

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Next Stop – In Search of Adam

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on May 11, 2008

No, I’m not looking for him, but it’s the name of Caroline Smailes’s blog, where she’s hosted another stop on my tour. She’s interviewed me about the process of getting published, finding an agent, and how I started off as a writer. Please stop by and have a read.

And I’m going on real tour – well sort of – tomorrow. Down to London for writLOUD tomorrow, and Heffer’s Bookshop in Cambridge on Tuesday to meet their book group.

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Virtual Tour stop two: Writing Neuroses

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on May 6, 2008

Not mine, of course, but the title of Kay Sexton’s blog where you can read an interview with me, along with many other lovely posts of a mostly literary nature.

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