Reviews

What the critics had to say about books by contributors to Broadsheet Stories.

Cold Hillside by Martin Cooper
Stiltjack March 2011 (ISBN 978-1617922381)

Good Book AlertSometimes I’ll read a book and think, “I wish I could write that well.” Cold Hillside is one of those books… Mr. Cooper likes to skip around in time and tense, a juggler tossing up a new ball without fanfare, until you realize he’s got eight or ten in the air, and all you can do is applaud. Read the full review

 

Agrippina LegitCold Hillside is the kind of book that demonstrates just why self publishing is beginning to really take off in the current publishing climate. With the bigger publishing houses currently focussing on genres and ideas that are proven best-sellers (the Dan Brown-style thriller, the supernatural teen romance), there is little room for books that deviate from the fashions of the moment. Self publishing allows books like Cold Hillside, which don’t fit so easily into genres and sales patterns, to find a readership. And this book deserves a readership. Read the full review

Stones for my Father by Trilby Kent
Tundra Books March 2011 (ISBN 978-1770492523)

Inspired Quill A wholly engrossing read. The characters and dialogue – whilst not always likeable – are very real… a wonderfully immersive story and a great book to add to my ‘keep on the bookshelf’ collection. Read the full review.

The Lessons by Naomi Alderman
Penguin Viking April 2010 (ISBN 978-0670916290).

The Independent Alderman is a virtuoso on Oxford: “It is a magician dazzling viewers with bustle and glitter, misdirecting our attention… It is old and it is beautiful and it is grand. And it is unfair and it is narrow and it is cold.” A perfect city for ghosts. Which Alderman, with great skill and style, finally lays to rest. Read the full review.

The Guardian Alderman portrays the mixed blessing of extreme wealth with great insight and credibility. Her philosophical insight and its concise expression is her strength, lightly worn, and the novel sets us thinking about the nature of love as a sickness, about how mutual dependency bleeds into hatred, and about the warping effects of wealth. Read the full review.

Medina Hill by Trilby Kent
Tundra Books October 2009 (ISBN 978-0887768880).

Vulpes LibrisVulpes Libris: Medina Hill is a superbly written historical novel… It’s an old fashioned tale but the concepts and ideas resonate well with children of today. It’s about friendship, loyalty and sticking up for what you believe in. All relevant lessons for our youngsters. The characters in Medina Hill are absolutely wonderful, they leap off the page and I was just slightly disappointed the book wasn’t longer so we could get to know them all a bit better… a glorious read, full of warmth… After picking it up, I didn’t put it down until it was finished. Read the full review.

Hos, Hookers, Call Girls, and Rent Boys
Ed. David Henry Sterry and R J Martin Jr, with contributions by Lauri Shaw
Soft Skull Press July 2009 (ISBN 978-1593762414).

New York Times From the unappealing title, you might think this is a truly trashy paperback. Far from it: it’s an eye-opening, occasionally astonishing, brutally honest and frequently funny collection from those who really have lived on the edge in a parallel universe. Their writing is, in most cases, unpolished, unpretentious and riveting — but don’t worry, their tales are also graphic, politically incorrect and mostly unquotable in this newspaper. Read the full review.

New York Press What’s most striking about the volume is how relevant these intimate and detailed chronicles are for any reader, whether they’ve sold their bodies or just their souls.
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