Surprise Hatchet Job of the Day
Having on average two books a week to review means that managing to read the books is a challenge in itself. So it was a surprise when The Times’ Kate Saunders, whose reviews are often a shift F7 jobbie on publishers’ blurbs, read enough of Peter Hobbs’ very well-received IN THE ORCHARD, THE SWALLOWS to have a personal opinion:
The whole exercise left me rather cold — the would-be-exquisite prose is a blend of self-indulgence and self-pity, and my heart refused to bleed for characters apparently pieced together from more authentic novels.
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