• Title: Wild: a collection
  • Author: Gill Hoffs
  • ISBN: 9781471742156
  • Page: 303
  • Format: Paperback
  • Wild a collection Wild offers exceptional fiction and reportage with a coast dweller s sharp eye for maritime detail and a humane regard for both the victims and the survivors of shipwrecks both literal and metaphor
    Wild offers exceptional fiction and reportage, with a coast dweller s sharp eye for maritime detail, and a humane regard for both the victims and the survivors of shipwrecks, both literal and metaphorical From Prospects , a marvellous, moving reconstruction of the murderous maiden voyage of the Tayleur, to Luck is in the Leftovers , a gripping saga of living on the edgeWild offers exceptional fiction and reportage, with a coast dweller s sharp eye for maritime detail, and a humane regard for both the victims and the survivors of shipwrecks, both literal and metaphorical From Prospects , a marvellous, moving reconstruction of the murderous maiden voyage of the Tayleur, to Luck is in the Leftovers , a gripping saga of living on the edge of the land, where life and death ebb and flow like the tides Gill Hoffs writing, fiction and non, swells with the power of life, sometimes life at the expense of other lives, but always animated and alive This is visceral and vital prose, smooth as a sea worn pebble yet sharp as sharks teeth Ronnie Scott, author of Death by Design and editor of Tommy s War , Tommy s Peace and The Real Dads Army

    One Reply to “Wild: a collection”

    1. In my blurb for this book, I said: "In her tales, Gill Hoff’s unique voice has tamed the wild creating narratives of raw beauty. When I put the book down, I could taste the salt of the green sea on my tongue." For this mini-review, I'd like to add that there's a sweetness here, not just sea salt, which is rather rare these days. Fear and bitterness sells so much better. But Gill's sweetness is of an even rarer kind: it's not sentimental, soccer-mom sweetness, but it's gritty. Gill has gargled [...]

    2. Wild is an apt name for this collection: A seagull wreathed in seaweed; snow dancing and swirling over a vanishing road; a misting drizzle over the moor; fingers dipping in and out of rainbow'd bellies as a girl guts a mackerel, and the smell of wet dog and damp footprints. Gill Hoffs has a way with the little things, the tiny almost inconsequential details that, when she puts them to paper, bear the weight of the world."My sobs attracted strong shoulders to cry on, smells of maleness and sweat. [...]

    3. The train journey from Glasgow Central to Dalreoch train station takes forty four minutes, including a change at Partick. Just enough time to put on some music and make a start on ‘Wild’…Hoffs wields words like an artist holds a pallet, using them boldly to fill our imagination with vivid colours and smells and sounds and smells. From seaside caverns to a sail on a whale, the image is as clear as day in my mind as my eyes race across the page keeping pace with the picture she paints.Four t [...]

    4. Wild is a collection that is full of the aroma of the sea, the theme runs through almost all the stories, and when it doesn't, that title, the wildness still infuses everything. This collection of fiction and non-fiction is so enjoyable and heartfelt, the tales brim over with humanity and with detail, they are so vivid it is impossible not to realise how much work the author has put into researching them. This is particularly apparent when you read the non-fiction pieces, especially the closing [...]

    5. just finished reading Wild, and must say i thoroughly enjoyed it. Not that i'm qualified to comment but author has a nice easily readable style and i could almost feel the salt in the air!The Rabbit and the Dam was worth extra mention, its a story that will stay with you and i can perhaps see it made into a film, maybe by Hammer House, along lines of the recent Woman in Black.

    6. This is an absolutely wonderful collection of short stories, both fiction and nonfiction. The writing is crisp, rhythmic, and very much in line with tantalizing the senses. Gill Hoffs' descriptions of the sounds and aromas of her environments are top-notch. I haven't often felt the salty sea air on my skin as I've read a short story, but Hoffs knows exactly how to evoke a moody, dead-on descriptive vibe with a pulse running through it. Her characters also evoke this realism, and I found myself a [...]

    7. A collection of short stories and non-fiction that brings the reader to the sea, to wild Scotland. Hoffs' prose is salty, rocky and storm-blown: a right and memorable voice that grabs the reader and does not let go.

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