Saturday, October 28, 2006

The Fiction Bitch reviews Taking Comfort.

Here.

6 comments:

Anne Brooke said...

Yes, yes, yes, yes and yes. This is a fitting and insightful review of what I think to be a fantastic, exciting and literary novel. I happen to know the author is at the moment not too confident about his work. I'd like to take the opportunity to say that his view is entirely wrong. "Taking Comfort" is a work to be proud of - it's literary and accessible - and even now, some time after I've read it, it still makes my skin tingle. I'm very much looking forward to the next work he produces. I want to be ravished by a book when I read it - this one fulfilled that demand and in spades.

In short, you've gained (and rightly so, though it's an accolade I afford to very few) a die-hard fan, and I think anyone who doesn't read this book is missing out on a real experience.

Anne B

roger said...

Thank you Anne! (I needed that.)

Elizabeth Baines said...

Anne: You know what they say: the more you know the more you know you don't know. It's the same with talent. Often the most talented are the least self-confident, because they have such high expectations of themselves. It doesn't help, either, when a publishing culture insists on marketability over talent. But as far as we can see this last is a problem MacMillan New Writing are consciously trying to address, and in any case Roger should have no doubts whatever about himself - he is a truly gifted writer.

roger said...

I'm blushing now.

I won't say any more. 'Cept thank you, Elizabeth.

Debi said...

What a wonderful review! Hope all this amazing feedback is as uplifting as it should be ...

roger said...

Thanks Debi - yes. It feels great. The internet is a wonderful thing, though. Before blogging, Elizabeth's review - and crimeficreader's - simply would not have existed. It would have been left to the broadsheet 'experts'.