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This page shows archived news and extracts of reviews from national press and magazines, newest first.


Review: 'The Most Intimate Place'

The Most Intimate Place is reviewed in The Guardian by Laura Wilson. She writes:

...a gripping, plausible and beautifully written literary thriller.


You can read the whole review here.

Maia Press acquired by Arcadia Books

The Maia Press has been acquired by Arcadia Books, and will remain a separate imprint within that company. Maggie Hamand and Jane Havell will remain involved in an editorial and design capacity.


Film of 'Far North'opens

The film 'Far North', based on the title story in Far North & Other Dark Tales, is launching at selected cinemas throughout the UK on 26th December.

Directed by Asif Kapadia, the film stars Michelle Yeoh, Sean Bean and Michelle Krusiec, and is shot in the breathtaking Arctic landscapes of Svalbard. To watch a trailer of the film, go here.


Review: 'Psalm 119'

Psalm 119 was picked as a New Statesman Book of the Year for 2008. Reviewer Noreena Hertz says:

Psalm 119 is a thoughtful, touching coming-of-age story that also succeeds in insightfully weaving into the narrative the complexities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. McRobie has written an original, moving and intelligent debut novel that jettisons stereotypes and preconceived ideas. It is a wonderful read.

Review: 'Psalm 119'

Psalm 119 was reviewed in The Guardian by Catherine Taylor:

It's bold, pretentious, funny and defiant... McRobie has linguistic verve and a raw talent.

You can read the whole review here.

Review: 'At a Loss for Words'

Diane Schoemperlen's At a Loss for Words was reviewed in the Financial Times on 2nd August 2008. Rosie Blau writes:
...a painful but amusing evocation of the dawning of humiliation, the death of hope and the power of the human mind to over-analyse a relationship into oblivion.

Read the whole review here.

Maia wins Mayor of Hackney Business Award


The Maia Press has won the Mayor of Hackney’s 2008 Business Award for Best Women's Business. Maia was also shortlisted for Best Product Design and the overall Best in Business Awards. The judges praised the company's "success in a highly competitive field" and for its achievement at a national and international level.

The prize was presented by Hackney Mayor Jules Pipe and 'Apprentice' winner businessman Tim Campbell at the Geffrye Museum in Hackney on the evening of 23 April. The judges were: Sinclair Beecham MBE, co-founder of Prêt-à-Manger, Ian King, Business Editor of The Sun, Enzo Testa, Executive Managing Director of Archant London, and Yvonne Thomson CBE, Founder of Choice FM.

Review: 'The Resurrection of the Body'

Maggie Hamand's The Resurrection of the Body was reviewed in Laura Wilson's Crime Fiction column in The Guardian on 15 March 2008.

Thoughtful, perceptive and subtle... Questioning the nature of both faith and sanity, with a truly mysterious ending, it's the perfect read for the Easter weekend.

Read the whole review here.

Maia to publish Sara Maitland's 'Far North' as film tie-in


To celebrate the release of Far North - Asif Kapadia’s new thriller starring Michelle Yeoh and Sean Bean based on a story by Sara Maitland – Maia are publishing a new collection of Maitland’s “modern traditional tales” inspired from myths and legends from all over the globe. Far North is a dark tale exploring a supernaturally-tinged love triangle set in the frozen wastes of the Arctic Circle.

The film has already been shown to critical acclaim at the Venice Film Festival. It will be shown at the London Film Festival on Tuesday 30 Oct at the Odeon West End, and on Wednesday 31 Oct at Rich Mix, Bethnal Green. The book - entitled Far North and Other Dark Tales - is scheduled for release in March 2008 to tie in with the film's release in the UK.

Maia published Sara Maitland's collection On Becoming a Fairy Godmother as one of their first titles in 2003.

Sara Maitland is an acclaimed writer who won the Somerset Maugham Award with her first novel; she is the author of five further novels and six collections of short stories, as well as works on feminism and theology.

Reviews:

My favourite surprise so far has been Asif Kapadia's Far North. The young British director pits the unlikely Sean Bean and Michelle Yeoh alongside newcomer Michelle Krusiec in a bizarre love triangle set among the reindeer and ice flows in a stunningly photographed Arctic... establishes Kapadia as one of our most interesting story-tellers. - Jason Solomons at the Venice Film Festival in The Observer, 2 September.

The snowscapes that frame this Arctic yarn are ravishing, and there are moments when Far North achieves the visionary, timeless quality of a folk tale... Shot in extreme conditions, partly on the Arctic island of Svalbard, the film looks (and sounds) stunning: it's easily up there with Himalaya for the sheer beauty of its widescreen landscapes. - Screen International

To read the CNN interview with Sean Bean at the Venice Film Festival, go here. To read about the film on Michelle Yeoh's website, go here.


Praise for 'The Last Card'

Kolton Lee's debut The Last Card is described by Peter Guttridge in The Observer (23 September) as:

a simmering noir novel set in the sleazy end of the London boxing circuit and illegal gambling dens... sweaty, brutal and powerful.

It was also reviewed in The Guardian on 18 August. Laura Wilson writes:

This impressive debut... Lee serves up spot-on dialogue, excels in explorations of how violence can escalate in the blink of an eye, and gives the tried and tested tale of a beleaguered man facing his demons a thrilling new twist in an unusual setting.

Read the whole review here.


Reviews for 'At the Edge of Light'

At the Edge of Light was reviewed by Murrough O'Brien in The Independent on Sunday on 2 September:

A haunting and inspiring story, full of humour, poetry and a fine sense of the macabre.

Under the title 'Sex, death and the fight for a Finnish teenager's body and soul', Paul Binding writes in The Independent (3 September):

This is a novel that partakes... of another genre, lyric poetry - a kinship beautifully brough out by David Hackston's resourceful translation.

Read the whole review here.

In a long review in the News Statesman magazine on 1 October, Lucy Beresford writes:

Death swirls around Finnish writer Maria Peura's mesmerising new novel from the very first image... Peura's novel is set apart by the swooning, psychedelic feel to her writing, vibrantly translated by David Hackston... This is an invigorating novel of mood, of atmosphere... Peura's remarkable talent is in addressing our anxious subconscious.

Read the full review here.


Reviews for 'What it Takes to be Human'

What it Takes to be Human received a four-star review in The Independent on Sunday on 12 August:

Haunting, intense... a novel to get lost in.

Read the whole review here.

A review in the Daily Mail on 10 August also praised the novel for its 'mythic intensity and breadth of vision' - read the full review here.


Reviews for 'Asboville'

Danny Rhodes's Asboville (published on 19 October) has been reviewed in the New Statesman of 20 October. Mary Fitzgerald writes:

Danny's spare prose is convincing... his characters are complex creatures, and he tackles controversial issues without preaching... Rhodes asks important questions about social justice, but also tells a compelling human story. An impressive debut.

In the The Guardian's 'First Novels' column, Rachel Hore writes:

Moving and atmospheric, this coming-of-age tale also has political bite. - The Guardian 21 October


Praise for 'The French Dancer's Bastard'

Emma Tennant's The French Dancer's Bastard has been enthusiastically review in The Times Literary Supplement of 20 October. Michelene Wandor writes:

It is heartening to read a narrative which has the courage to take us from myth to fairy tale... Charlotte Brontë would have been proud.


Reviews for 'A Sea Change'

Michael Arditti's A Sea Change (published on 28 September) has been critically acclaimed on publication. It has received an extensive review in the Independent on Sunday of 8 October. To read the review, by Paul Binding, go here. Extracts from other reviews:

A famous story retold by Arditti with warmth, vividness and gentle wisdom. - The Times

A fine example of how resonant fiction based on real events can be... a powerful novel of courage in the face of betrayal. - The Economist

This moving rites-of-passage tale is as readable as it is profound. - Daily Express

Arditti succeeds in creating fiction that is morally serious, moving and intense. - Times Literary Supplement

Tender and perceptive... a totally absorbing read. - Daily Mail

Arditti is good at conveying the gradual descent of well-heeled cruise to freedom into floating tragedy... Serious, compassionate and morally engaged. - The Independent


'A Sea Change' extracted in Independent on Sunday

An extensive illustrated extract of Michael Arditti's new novel, A Sea Change, was published in the Independent on Sunday on 17th September 2006.
It was published on 28th September.


'Asboville': A Waterstones paperback of the year

Scott Pack, former chief buyer at Waterstone's, has picked Maia's debut novel, Asboville by Danny Rhodes, as one of the ten books he has enjoyed most this year. 'Simple, honest and effective British fiction... this will win awards.' To read Scott's blog, go to:

http://www.thefridayproject.co.uk/pack/

Asboville has been picked as a Waterstone's 'Paperback of the Year' and is now in a 3 for 2 promotion.



'The Invisible Ones' reviewed in Independent

The Invisible Ones by Karel Van Loon was reviewed in The Independent on Friday 7 July. Justin Wintle wrote: 'A timely novel by a talented Dutchman... compelling.'

To read the whole article, go here.


'Running Hot' wins John Creasey Dagger Award

Dreda Say Mitchell's Running Hot (published by Maia in November 2004) has won the John Creasey Memorial Dagger, awarded by the Crime Writers' Association for a first work of crime fiction by an unpublished writer.

Dreda Say Mitchell is the first black British writer to win this prestigious crime novel award, which in the past launched the careers of Patricia Cornwell, Walter Mosley, Minette Walters and Louise Welsh.

The Maia Press editorial director, Maggie Hamand, met Dreda while teaching one of her creative writing courses at The Groucho Club in London and was instantly struck by her writing voice. On the basis of an outline and sample chapter she was signed up - a big risk for a small independent publisher who publish only six titles a year, but one that has paid off.

Dreda Say Mitchell was born into London's Grenadian community in the 1960s, and grew up in a council block in the East End of London. She attended state schools before taking a degree in African History in SOAS. She currently works for Islington Education Authority, raising black achievement in schools, and the inspiration for her books comes from her life and work.



"Packed with suspense and fascinating detail about a culture rarely portrayed in fiction". - Christina Patterson in 'A Week in Books' in The Independent of 18 November.

To read the whole article, go here.


Reviews for 'Unity'

Michael Arditti's Unity (published on 9 June) has been receiving wonderful reviews:

Strikingly original in form... A remarkable, unsettling book… a compelling fiction. – The Times, 4 June 2005.

To read the whole article by Jane Shilling, 'Twisted sister's radical turn', go here.


In his fourth novel Michael Arditti ambitiously tackles the theme of human evil in the history of Europe over the past 70 years. He does so with a touch both curiously light and unambiguously earnest. - Melissa Benn in The Guardian, 11 June 2005

To read the whole Guardian article, 'Strutting and fretting', go here.


What is astonishing in 'Unity' is the grim wit and ironic humour which pervades this deadly serious page-turner... the reader staggers away from this uncompromising drama of ideas shaken and stirred. - Patricia Duncker, Independent on Sunday, 12 June 2005

To read the whole article, 'Where Mitford meets Baader-Meinhof', go here.


More praise for 'Unity':

Deftly written, deeply intelligent and wholly admirable. - D. J. Taylor in the Literary Review

The purpose... is to understand the human appetite for gratuitous cruelty... The final section.... debates this with a Dostoevskian intentness. The author's love for his creations (is) the only possible antidote to the loveless anti-human behaviour that 'Unity' has been courageous enough to confront. - Paul Binding in The Times Literary Supplement, 10 June 2005.

A writer of rare, combative integrity... Part detective story, part amusing roman à clef, 'Unity' reads like a good political thriller. It is also a positive 'rubik cube' of novelistic experimentation. - Carole Woddis in the Glasgow Herald

This remarkable book... A strange and engrossing story that has powerful resonances with our own era. - Ned Denny in the Daily Mail

A gripping read packed with intrigue, sex, politics and death. What more could you possibly want? - Wayne Clews in Attitude


Reviews for 'The Glorious Flight of Perdita Tree'

Olivia Fane's The Glorious Flight of Perdita Tree (published on 2 June) has been chosen by Waterstone's for their recommended 'Summer Reads'. Here's what The Times reviewer had to say:

Fane ... consistently focuses her smart, fluid prose and sophisticated thought on rendering a thoughtful, sorrowful and often highly amusing novel. – Chris Power in The Times, 11 June 2005.

To read the whole review, go here.


'A Blade of Grass' shortlisted for Ondaatje Prize

Lewis DeSoto's A Blade of Grass was one of six books shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize. This is the second year of the Prize that singles out a work of literature - fiction or non-fiction - which as a profound sense of the spirit of a place.

Here are the comments of the three judges on 'A Blade of Grass':

Lewis Desoto's powerful first novel perfectly embodies this prize's focus on books with a strong sense of place; it depicts the South African countryside so vividly you can almost smell it. - John Lanchester

A novel essentially embedded in its setting which poignantly brings alive both the profound affection and the conflict between an Afrikaaner farmer's wife and her black servant at a time of violence and terror. - Victoria Glendinning

Brilliant on the atmosphere of a particular part of Africa, and with much tender psychological insight into the states of mind of two very different women. - U A Fanthorpe



'Oceans of Time' listed for two prestigious prizes

Merete Morken Andersen's Oceans of Time, translated by Barbara Haveland, was one of 16 books on the longlist of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. The Prize, which is shared between author and translator, aims to honour a great work of fiction by a living author which has been translated into English from any other language and published in the United Kingdom.

Barbara J Haveland's translation of 'Oceans of Time' was also shortlisted for the prestigious Oxford Weidenfeld Translation Prize.



Dreda Say Mitchell's 'Running Hot'

Nicholas Clee reviewed 'Running Hot' in The Guardian on 9th April 2005:

Dreda Say Mitchell is an exciting new voice in urban fiction... Amid a scary cast, the scariest is the diminutive Queen, who has a powerful gift for rhetoric, a protective love of her family and a brutally efficient style of despatching people who get in her way. Her encounters with Schoolboy are memorable incidents in a striking debut.

To read the whole review click here.


Some more recent praise for Running Hot:

Very sharp… An impressive first book with a strong sense of place and community - Christopher Tayler, The Sunday Telegraph

Fast-moving, colourfully written, touching and informative, Running Hot should be the start of a fantastic career - Natasha Cooper, TLS

A taut and exhilarating debut…. The tempo is rapid-fire from the start… the dialogue is terrific and this is also a very funny novel - George Osgerby, Tribune

A fantastic piece of debut writing - Robert Elms, BBC Radio London

Sharp-eyed, even sharper-tongued chase story... distinctly different; well worth seeking out - Philip Oakes, The Literary Review

A pacy, solid read - The Big Issue

Running Hot is unlike any other novel you will have read before - Angel magazine

Fantastic... every young person must read this - DJ Hector Selector, Supreme Radio

Takes urban writing to a whole new level... a gripping read - The New Nation


Autumn 2004 titles

Three more titles were published in October and are available from Waterstones, Amazon and most good bookshops:

  •   Oceans of Time - Merete Morken Andersen
  •   Essential Kit - Linda Leatherbarrow
  •   Running Hot - Dreda Say Mitchell

  • Details of the launches can be found in the events section.

    Find out about these books by clicking the "Books" link on the sidebar, or clicking here.


    Praise for Merete Morken Andersen's Oceans of Time:

    Andersen's exceptional novel... the intimacy of the narrative and rawness of its emotions are underpinned by a strong mythological framework... intensely moving, written in pellucid prose. — Michael Arditti, The Independent, 29 October 2004

    To read the whole review click here.

    This is psychological drama at its very best... making such sublime modern literature available to wider audiences can only be a positive thing. — Emmanuelle Smith, The Big Issue, 25-31 October 2004

    Andersen proving as adept at perceiving love's intricacies as she is at parenthood's... A bravely clear-eyed study. — Chris Power, The Times, 30 October 2004

    To read the whole review click here.

    A most ingenious construction... this remarkable (and in Norway much praised) novel... It is an index both of Andersen's artistry and her intensity of vision that her evocation of Mozart's sublime work doesn't appear inapt. — Paul Binding, The Guardian, 30 October 2004

    To read the whole review click here.



    'A Blade of Grass' on Booker Longlist

    A Blade of Grass by Lewis DeSoto was one of the 22 books out of 132 entries on the longlist of the Man Booker Prize 2004. It was the only title by a small independent publisher on the longlist.

    This outstanding debut novel — Chris Power, The Times, 2 October
    To read the whole review click here.

    Lewis DeSoto's plangent debut, coaxed into print by fledgling publisher Maia.... whether it makes Tuesday's shortlist, A Blade of Grass stands as an extremely persuasive bit of storytelling.
    — Hephzibah Anderson in the Daily Mail on 17 September

    [One of] the most interesting novels to have emerged from South Africa recently... In the course of exploring how every human encounter in Africa is still governed in its first instance by the colour of a person's skin, Lewis DeSoto... does something few African writers have dared try..." — The Economist, 14 October



    Maia Press profiled in Publishing News

    UK Publishing News of 16 July 2004 featured a two-page spread on the Maia Press by Vivienne Menkes, who interviews Hamand and Havell on their search for "really original writing that isn't pedestrian." To read the whole article, entitled 'Woolf tones', go here.


    All three of Maia's spring titles were selected for The Bookseller's 'Best original titles' for May. Michael Arditti's 'Good Clean Fun' and Adam Zameenzad's 'Pepsi and Maria' in the 'hip urban reads' section, and Lewis DeSoto's 'A Blade of Grass' in the 'first novels' section.

    The three books have now been published and and are available from Waterstones, Amazon and most good bookshops:

  •   Pepsi and Maria   —  Adam Zameenzad
  •   Good Clean Fun   —  Michael Arditti
  •   A Blade Of Grass —  Lewis DeSoto


  • Details of the launches can be found in the events section.


    'Pepsi and Maria'

    Boyd Tonkin reviewed Adam Zameenzad's 'Pepsi and Maria' in The Independent on 7 May:

    This curious and intriguing performance... with its witchy flights into Native American magic, its near-cartoonish villains and helpers, its short, action-driven chapters and dynamic, concrete language (and, of course, that gritty Third World setting)... is definitely not a children's novel; or rather, it feels much like an adult adventure composed as a pastiche of teenage literature... The breakneck pace of the action and the sparkling colours of the background make up for the lurches and jolts. If you can imagine a hybrid of 'City of God' and 'The Wizard of Oz', then 'Pepsi and Maria' comes close. And that, in its own weird way, must count as a crossover triumph of sorts.

    To read the whole review click here.




    Reviews of 'Good Clean Fun' by Michael Arditti

    Amanda Craig in the Literary Review for May:

    These witheringly funny, painfully acute stories... simply and elegantly break your heart. They deserve a wide audience, and will create a wiser one.

    In The Times, Chris Power writes:

    Arditti imbues his stories of loneliness, confusion and the uncertainties of sexual neophytes with genuine pathos and an appealing line in dry humour.

    Helen Davies writes in The Big Issue:

    The collection shows off his strengths - bleakly funny one-liners and a characterisation that makes a virtue of compromise and missed opportunity... Arditti's darker world view will have you coming back for more.

    Wayne Clews writes in City Life, Manchester. :

    A simply outstanding collection of stories that should adorn the bookshelves of any discerning reader. Elegant, tender, shocking, full of wit and insight - these stories are never less than beautifully executed.

    Michael Arditti has been interviewed in the Camden New Journal. Read the whole review: God, gay lives, and a bit of dodgy cheese.

    He has also been interviewed in the June issue of Gay Times, and in the June issue of Attitude (these two publications are not available online). In the interview in Attitude, Michael Langan writes:

    These are grown-up stories for grown-up people and deal with a lot of things we might have felt or thought about, presented in often extreme and dramatic narratives. It's as if Arditti wants to make us think about our lives, and the lives of those around us, to reassess them and make then better. There's affirmation in these stories as well as alteration.


    October 2003 titles
    21st November 2003

    Three more titles were published in October and are available from Waterstones, Amazon and most good bookshops:

  •   Various authors - Uncut Diamonds
  •   Hélène du Coudray - Another Country
  •   Norman Thomas - The Thousand-Petalled Daisy


  • Find out about these books by clicking the "Books" link on the sidebar, or clicking here.

    'The Thousand-Petalled Daisy' is the 'Friday Book' in The Independent of 21st November. Michael Arditti writes:

    'The Thousand-Petalled Daisy' is a classic rites-of-passage story with a rare spiritual dimension that should have a wide appeal.

    To read the whole review click here.

    The Independent on Sunday reviewed 'The Thousand-Petalled Daisy' on 26th October. Awarding the novel 4 stars out of a possible 5, Murrough O'Brien writes:

    Michael Flower is a force of nature, a 17-year-old balloon of heightened feeling, in love with everything and perennially falling... This novel, both rhapsody and lament, is superb.

    To read the whole review click here.

    'Uncut Diamonds' was reviewed in the Christmas issue of The Big Issue. The review, by Fiona Hook, reads:

    The ability to pin down a moment or a mindset breathes from the pages of 'Uncut Diamonds', short stories from 18 previously unpublished writers whose backgrounds reflect London's cultural and ethnic diversity. They're all stunning, full of wonderful characters - Joy Wilkinson's teenage burglar and Nathalie Abi-Ezzi's Argentinian immigrant are particularly pleasurable. Then there's Michael Chilokoa's bus passenger striking a tiny blow for the right to travel without listening to other people's phone calls, and Donna Gray's junkie finding her first real home in prison. Buy it and read it for yourself. You'll be able to say you knew the writers before they were famous.


    More Reviews
    30th November 2003

    'On Becoming a Fairy Godmother' was reviewed in The Guardian on 29th November. Alfred Hickling writes:

    Sara Maitland's funny, surreal tales put magic and mystery into the menopause.

    To read the whole review click here.


    'In Denial' was reviewed at length by Sarah Curtis in the Times Literary Supplement on 28 July. She writes:

    This intricate, thoughtful tale... confronts a complicated and terrible crime by means of the interlaced memories of a series of people whose lives are to a greater or lesser extent devastated by its consequences. At the centre of the book is Gerry himself, in prison because of the death of a boy on the Greek island of Naxos. His denial of the damage he inflicts, and his horrific childhood, are convincing.

    The Times Literary Supplement also reviewed 'On Becoming a Fairy Godmother' on 8th August. Stephanie Cross writes:

    These tales insistently fill the vision... entertaining... beguiling.

    The Church Times ran an excellent review of 'On Becoming a Fairy Godmother' on 25 July. Terence Handley MacMath writes:

    The quality of the prose is impeccable, moving seamlessly between the down-to-earth and the poetic, richly allusive and satisfying.

    Sara Maitland was also interviewed about the collection on BBC Radio 3's Night Waves on Tuesday 22 July.

    Henrietta Seredy's 'Leaving Imprints' was reviewed in the Oxford Times on 19 September. Philippa Logan wrote:

    It is compelling in its description of a fiercely tight relationship between an inseparable brother and sister. Leaving Imprints is full of powerful events and emotions, with images from past and present carefully interwoven.


    Boyd Tonkin features MAIA in The Independent
    15th July 2003

    Boyd Tonkin's 'A week in books' column in The Independent Magazine features Maia Press and wishes us 'a fair wind.' Read the full text here


    Martyn Goff speaks at Maia Press launch
    30th June 2003

    Booker Prize Chairman, Martyn Goff OBE, helped launch the Maia Press at the Groucho Club, Soho, on 19th June, the publication date of the new publishing house’s first three titles.

    A short report of the launch can be found here


    Reviews
    27th June 2003

    Since the release of our first books on 19th June, there have been a number of reviews, including a review of 'In Denial' in the fictional shorts section of The Times. Here is a small extract:

    A terrible crime lurks behind the unfolding story, which is told in flashback. This is intelligent writing worthy of a large audience.

    To read the whole review click here.

    A much longer review of 'On Becoming A Fairy Godmother' was published in The Spectator. Here is a small extract:

    It’s this story that allows Maitland to affirm the importance of the old stories...Stay curious. Read Maitland. Take off.

    Read the whole thing here.


    First titles released!
    19th June 2003

    Our first three books have now been released, and are available from Waterstones, Amazon and most good bookshops:

  •   Sara Maitland - On Becoming A Fairy Godmother
  •   Anne Redmon - In Denial
  •   Henrietta Seredy - Leaving Imprints


  • Find out about these books by clicking the "Books" link on the sidebar, or clicking here.


    Mslexia reviews Maia
    18th June 2003

    Mslexia, the women’s writing magazine, has reviewed the first three titles from Maia and written a short profile of the company.

    Sheila Mulhern writes:

    Anne Redmon’s lustrous novel 'In Denial' is a discomfiting yet compelling work about a paedophile, his genesis and legacy. It clear-sightedly looks beyond tired orthodoxy and asks simple, intelligent questions… It is graceful and gratifyingly rigorous.

    'Leaving Imprints' opens with a sad lyricism that twists into an electrically written tale of hurt and damage. Seredy bends language and pulls at perspective until slack judgements fall away…. there is a hunger for life that rips through it that is energising and shocking.

    Carole Buchan writes:

    Sara Maitland explores the realm of fantasy… an original writer who crosses continents and centuries for inspiration. These stories sparkle with inventiveness and fun. Maitland’s writing is lyrical yet has an edge to it which can pull the reader up with a start.

    Mslexia Issue 17, April/May/June 2003. www.mslexia.co.uk.