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Bedtime Reading

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on September 22, 2008

Don’t forget – Book at Bedtime for this week and next week will be Out of a Clear Sky. For those of you abroad, or whose bedtime is a little earlier, it will be on listen again but only for a week after broadcast. So hurry, while stocks last…

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It’s in the Radio Times, so it must be True

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on September 16, 2008

Book at Bedtime will be Out of a Clear Sky, read by Nicola Walker, from Monday September 22nd. I didn’t really think it wouldn’t be, but it’s nice to see it in the Organ of Record

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Paperback and Book at Bedtime

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on September 4, 2008

Here’s a sneak preview of the new paperback cover:

New paperback cover design

New paperback cover design

And if you peer closely, you’ll see why I’m so excited. Yes, Out of a Clear Sky is going to be Radio ‘s Book at Bedtime from September 22nd. And continuing on the radio theme, there’s a nice quote from the Radio 5 Book of the Month programme I did back in May

I’ll put up links to buy it – all of you who haven’t shelled out for the hardback yet, that is – when Amazon have got the page sorted out. At the moment they’re claiming the paperback is by some imposter called Sarah Hinchcliffe…

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Watch the Birdie…

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on August 29, 2008

I’ve been on the look out for photos of my book ‘in the wild’ so to speak – but this has to be one of my favourites:

OffMyTrolleys shot of Out of a Clear Sky

OffMyTrolley's shot of Out of a Clear Sky

It comes from OffMyTrolley’s Blog – she’s a library assistant in Derbyshire who’s posting a book review a week on her blog – well worth checking out during this national Year of Reading.

And here’s what she’s got to say about Out of a Clear Sky:

You don’t need to be Bill Oddie to enjoy this, but it could turn you into a twitcher!

Don’t say you haven’t been warned…

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Virtual Tour takes a Detour

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on August 19, 2008

Well, my virtual tour has been somewhat delayed recently, due to real life intervening both for me and some of my tour-ees. But fortunately Nik Perring has stepped into the breach – he found the book via Roger Morris’s interview in Vulpes Libris and wrote a very kind review of it here – and has now posted an interview with me here. Please check it out, and the rest of his blog too – he’s a writer and a poet himself and has some good stuff to say … not to mention his excellent taste in books.

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And the Mail on Sunday Too!

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on August 4, 2008

I didn’t see this yesterday, but thanks to Sophie from Macmillan, I got the clipping today – a nice review from the Mail on Sunday under ‘First Novels’ alongside Mohammed Hanif‘s A Case of Exploding Mangoes – I’m in good company there.

As charming as it is engrossing

I can’t find a link online, so you’ll just have to trust me that I was described as having ‘a keen sense of the macabre’ and (best of all) ‘a formidable knowledge of birds’.

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‘Flawed but Worth Reading’ – Bookbag

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on August 3, 2008

I’m not sure when this came out – I only google myself every so often, honest – but I just stumbled upon this thoughtful, if not ecstatic, review by Ruth Price on Bookbag.

She succeeds in making the world of avid twitchers sexy

Now there’s an achievement…

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More Reviews

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on June 19, 2008

Black Static magazine – a new one to me, but they clearly have good taste in books – has a nice, thoughtful review of Out of A Clear Sky in its latest issue, calling it a ‘compelling story’ that ‘delivers a gratifyingly ambiguous resolution’. There’s no online version, so you’ll just have to go and get yourself a copy, or else take my word for it.

And I’ve finally got my hands on the May edition of the Literary Review,  which gives it a Highly Recommended:

Anyone who has seen the competitive passion of twitchers in full cry will find this sophisticated first novel both entertaining and credible

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Big in Peterborough

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on June 8, 2008

Nice review this weekend in the Peterborough Evening Telegraph. I can’t seem to find an electronic version, so if you don’t live in Peterborough you’ll just have to believe me that it calls it ‘a gripping and disturbing psychological thriller about obsession and truth‘, ‘cleverly written‘ and ‘an enthralling read’.

And if you do live in Peterborough, there’s a competition to win a copy of the book, closing on the 12th of June, so hurry to find a copy of this weekend’s paper and get your entry in.

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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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