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Guardian Forgiven

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on February 22, 2009

I didn’t mention it at the time – hey, this is my site, and I’ll leave things out if I want to – but the Guardian was not impressed with Out of a Clear Sky when it first came out (and no, I’m not giving it any more google juice by linking to it). But it seems that they like it much more as a paperback than as a hardback:

this confident and well-paced novel, which builds to its gruesome climax with leisurely menace

Much better. I shall uncancel my subscription…

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More Tea?

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on February 11, 2009

I wasn’t expecting any reviews for the paperback edition – as I’d done pretty well for reviews when the hardback came out – so it was a bonus to get a cracker in the Daily Mail on Friday:

Acutely observant, Hinchcliffe renders the intimacy and insecurities of relationships, especially those of lovers, sensitively and convincingly in her measured prose… her elegant writing and crisp dialogue ensure it’s enchanting and chilling

You’re probably wondering what those ellipses conceal (I always do) – it was a slight reservation about ‘endless cups of tea’. My next heroine will be drinking coffee, I think.

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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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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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Sunday Times Crime Roundup

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on May 5, 2008

A friend has directed me to this – scroll down about half way

…an intelligent novel about a woman in a man’s world…

I like.

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First Review!

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on November 22, 2007

I have been directed to this – the first review I’ve seen of de Jaarlijst which has appeared on Vogeldagboek. According to Google’s handy translator, I think they like it. It’s especially pleasing to receive an endorsement from a fellow birder, which gives me the confidence that I’ve managed to convey the subtleties of the birding world. And it’s a sign too that bird watching may be the same the whole world over…

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