Reviews

Fulmar – Robin Falvey

Tim Hannigan, author of The Granite Kingdom: ‘A wonderfully gritty and gripping debut.’ 

Caroline Ambrose, The Bath Novel Awards: ‘Heart-pounding and poignant.’ 

Lucy Van Smit, author of The Hurting: ‘This elemental story of a boy and the sea wakes up our own dreams and inspires us to follow them.’ 

Maggie Harcourt, author of The Pieces of Ourselves: ‘An utterly unforgettable story: you’ll be rooting for Jacob at every turn.’ 

Catherine Barter, author of We Played with Fire: ‘A nuanced and affecting story that will stay with me for a long time.’ 

 

Jack and the Time Machine – Scott Jones

 

Paperbound Magazine, (Summer 2023 Issue):

“A delightful romp across time, filled with adventure, friendship and plenty of laughter!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Murmurations – Clare Dwyer

Sam Smith in The Journal: 

‘This book was an all-round pleasure. Not only did it sit pleasantly in the hand it was also easy on the eye. A lovely production by Hermitage Press, even came with its own art-derived bookmark, the artwork courtesy of Janis Goodman. As to the text, I found myself in sympathy throughout with the isolated author’s points of view.

Poems come in all shapes, sizes, typography; one in rhyme, some even centre-spaced. Small moments – birds in the garden – and big – the universe – are scrutinised. And there is love here – for all of our being. Dwyer neatly sidesteps sentimentality with a quirky update, a cool glance. Something for everyone here, even a dark humour at play. A Murder of Crows had me burst out laughing.’

Colin Dardis (Everybody’s Reviewing, Leicester University):

‘Within the realm of post-pandemic literature, there is this awareness of the need for others, but there is also anger. In ‘Reading Home,’ there is mention of ‘countless deaths | and the fall of Troy.’ It doesn’t take a great leap of imagination and reinvention to see ‘Troy’ as ‘Tory.’ ‘A Murder of Crows’ (again, the hint of death found in the collective noun) gleefully wishes for the downfall of Boris Johnson. The sense of anger though is subtle, not overwrought, and Dwyer does well not to let it distract from her main themes.

In ‘Skeins,’ a shrewdly constructed poem of overlapping sentences, we find the clash of escapism (the comforts of nature and family, the gazing into space) with reality: people in body-bags, overworked nurses, grief. It’s a good exhibition piece for the whole of the book. Dwyer … is comfortable in letting the subject matter speak for itself, to be that mirror held up to the world, which we all need while still reeling from the impact of Covid. And despite the lingering sense of death, there is much warmth in these poems.’

Miriam Darlington, author of Owl Sense:

‘A unique voice that lends a resonant frisson to the era (of lockdowns) that embedded the true meaning of isolation into our collective consciousness.’

Dr Ben Smith, author of Doggerland:

‘In this attentive and quietly powerful collection, Clare Dwyer takes from the small changes in her garden during lockdowns, to imaginative flights through both inner and outer space. These carefully observed poems offer resonant mediations on family and isolation, connection with the natural world and a paradoxical sense of rootedness and unmooring in the face of life-changing events.’

Steve Spence, author of A Curious Shipwreck:

‘An accomplished collection which highlights the pleasures and the compensations of the natural world.’

 

 

Sisters of the Pentacle – Paul Taylor-McCartney

 
Katherine Hertzel, author of Tilda and the Dragons:
 
‘This time-travelling adventure brings past, present, and future together, and mixes it with a lot of magic and a fair chunk of science to give the sisters at the centre of the story the chance to repair a damaged pentacle – and their planet. Really looking forward to seeing where this goes next!’