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Hummingbird Review Round-up

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Hummingbird Review Round-up

 Award-winning author Tristan Hughes' most recent novel Hummingbird has been making the review rounds - here are some of the highlights:


'lean, lyrical...beautifully nuanced and utterly touching'

-- Claire Allfree (Daily Mail), full review.


'Hummingbird is a triumph of compression, almost occupying a place somewhere between a novella and a more fully-blown novel. The narrative control and sense of scale it takes to make everything neither too long nor too short inform its structure...its evocation of eternity, the ever-deferred destination of the ever-changing, just perfect...this novel has scarcely any faults'

-- Nigel Jarrett (Wales Arts Review), full review.


'As he demonstrated in his earlier work [...] Hughes is a writer expert at capturing the emotional resonances of places. His latest work is taut, powerfully understated novel about coming to terms with the past and reconciling the self to the possibility of a future. Hummingbird shows that the thin soil of the Canadian Shield is rich with raw emotion.'

-- Kieron Smith (New Welsh Review), full review.


'the rich descriptions provide an effective backdrop and set the scene with intricate detail...it manages to convey the ideal atmosphere. Themes of love, death and hope combine to create an absorbing and composed tale, providing the perfect escapism.'

-- Buzz Magazine, full review.


'Hummingbird takes us to northern Ontario, a vastness of trees, sky and bodies of water, named and unnamed; a far-reaching perspective and freedom, tempered by a disturbing sense that there is no escape.'

-- Maria Donovan (Planet), full review


Set against the harsh, unforgiving beauty of the forests of northern Ontario, Hummingbird unravels a moving tale of loss, absence and redemption in a vivid and poetic coming-of-age story about death, life, and the changes they bring.

You can find out more about Hummingbird, and order it, here.