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Now available from OUP
paperback edition of Mystery Stories - click on the picture. From
creepy school computers to bungling bank robbers; from lost villages to
deadly Christmas presents :
Spirit of the Place
Now reissued on Kindle. Here are some of the nice reviews I've received on Amazon:
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thought-Provoking Read 15 Oct 2012
By The Book
I've a confession to make - I loathed
Alexander Pope at university, believing him to be a bitter, twisted misogynist!
So it was with some apprehension that I read the opening pages of Dennis
Hamley's `Spirit of the Place', where Alexander Pope shows his young acolyte,
Nicholas Fowler, his garden and grotto.
The book opens with a quote from Richard Dawkins, which gave me a hint of
deeper layers of meaning hidden beneath the text. If you're interested in the
genetic modification debate, and how we relate to the planet we inhabit, or
even interested in 18th century poetry and poets, this is a book that will make
The first paragraphs are mysterious - Lindsey, a young student, lies
unconscious while the police wait beside her hospital bed. Her boyfriend, Rod,
is being held in custody. What have they done? And what is the connection
between an obscure 18th century poet and a genetic research centre?
Set in 1773 and 1993, it's a time-slip novel, so let credibility be suspended
for the duration. But Nicholas Fowler is utterly credible as a character - in
fact, I was so convinced by him and his poetry, I almost looked him up on
Wikipedia! Only an 18th century specialist could have created such a convincing
environment, or composed so much elegant 18th century verse.
I also thought the genetics debate well done - Rod is all for `improving on
nature', but Lindsey has a disabled brother due to an inherited genetic
mutation. The argument for and against is grounded in the characters and their
Aimed at Young Adults of Any Age, this is an interesting, thought-provoking
5.0 out of 5 stars An intelligent literary novel for young adults (and
15 Oct 2012
I loved this on first publication, so
it's great to see it reissued, and not before time. "Spirit of the
place" does indeed define this novel, so powerfully-drawn is the setting,
and Dennis Hamley cleverly sets the eighteenth-century aesthetic of controlling
and shaping the landscape against current strivings to understand and control
the genetic make-up of humans. Fowler's poetry is so convincingly
eighteenth-century that I'm not surprised the previous reviewer went in search
of more detail - it takes an accomplished writer to pull that off. This
intriguing, unusual, engrossing novel deserves to find new readers. I recommend
it in particular to anyone who enjoys well-crafted and thought-provoking young
adult fiction by writers such as Mal Peet, Aidan Chambers, Jill Paton Walsh and
Yule Logs now out !
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Christmas has always been and always
will be a special time of year, a time either
of great happiness or great sadness and
sometimes both. Here are eight stories
of different Christmases, all of which are
memorable in their different ways.
The stories are arranged in order of
age: the first for young children, the last
There are two World War 2 stories, one
which refers to it and one which refers
to another war. There’s a football
story, a ghost story and two stories
with carols in them - and a lot more besides.
There’s a story about a really
weird Christmas guest and another about
a tumultuous family row. All
ordinary Christmases to start with, but
which turn into being anything but ordinary.
Each story has a postscript telling what
real memory lies behind it and how it came
to be written.
Many of my earlier books are back in print via the Back-to-Front
imprint of the Solidus Press. I have chosen some of my favourites to be rereleased by this new publisher. Here
are some that you can read now :
The Great Football Treble
All three books are now available. You can buy them by
clicking on the titles :
Two chilling ghost stories
You can buy them by
clicking on the titles :
Ghosts Who Waited