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Beyond Eclectic [Kindle Edition]

Jonathan Hill
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Ten dark tales to intrigue, move and surprise.

A lollipop man turns out to be schoolboy Adam’s worst nightmare.
A married couple’s sleep is shattered by a mysterious night visitor.
Little Alice is drawn to the secret inside her parents’ wardrobe.
Widower George grows closer to his best friend, who just happens to be a garden bird.
And Maureen, star of her own series of misadventures, returns in a brand new disaster!

Are you ready to go BEYOND ECLECTIC?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 310 KB
  • Print Length: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Hill; 1 edition (10 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CQRUM62
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #525,525 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jonathan Hill burst onto the indie scene as an author in 2012 and has been entertaining readers with his fiction ever since.

After two years of writing short stories and novellas, he published his debut novel, FAG, a landmark in his writing career and, indeed, his life. The book, a stark insight into a 1930s boarding school for boys, is an exploration of important and strikingly relevant themes, some of which are intensely personal to the author himself.

The Maureen books, by contrast, are full of humour. The stories have received much praise, not only for their sheer entertainment value, but also for the way in which their comedy and poignancy are woven together.

His short stories cover a range of genres, from slapstick humour to chilling horror, via drama infused with emotion. He has published two eclectic collections and two 100-word fiction collections, one of which was written with his friend and fellow author, Kath Middleton.

Jonathan lives in Manchester, UK. He enjoys reading, photography and going to the theatre.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great collection of short stories 25 July 2013
By Cathy
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The writing in Beyond Eclectic lives up to the high standards already demonstrated by Jonathan Hill and confirms my opinion that he is a really good writer of short stories. He has a remarkable ability to focus on small details which come together to create a disproportionately larger picture; his writing is economical and every word meticulously weighed for the contribution it will make to the whole; his acute observations of human nature and behaviour make his writing vivid and real; a dry sense of humour is revealed with subtlety; difficult issues are dealt with sensitively.
There are ten stories in this collection plus an epilogue; each story is well crafted and well written. I particularly liked The Robin which I thought was one of the best stories Jonathan Hill has written. George featured in a story in the earlier collection but now time has moved on and he is a widower living alone with only his memories and his garden for company. The story is poignant but not remotely sentimental and the writer has demonstrated wonderful empathy for his character. I thought this story was beautifully written with simplicity, clarity and attention to small details that evoked the past and prepared the reader for George's future. I enjoyed reading all the stories in the collection although An Eye for an Eye was my least favourite. Sometimes amusing even laugh aloud funny, sometimes macabre and sinister, sometimes poignant and sad, Beyond Eclectic is an excellent collection of short stories which once again demonstrates that Jonathan Hill can really tell a good tale.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended (with the occasional 'Wow!') 13 May 2013
By Ignite TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I have looked forward to this book for months and although it's got ten stories in, and runs to around 32,000 words, I devoured it in a day. Ok, it was Sunday and I hadn't much else to be doing, but it's a very good read indeed. All these stories give the reader food for thought - sometimes it's `I wonder if that could really happen?' For lovers of Jonathan Hill's classic character, Maureen makes her appearance, as disgracefully as ever! There was one point, though, where not until the end of a story, did it click for me that there was a link with another, earlier in the book - that was a real `Wow' moment for me, and I think it was very cleverly done.

The author has an approachable, comfortable writing style which quickly draws you in to each of his stories, be it dark and dangerous, amusing, or outright funny/silly (Yes, Maureen - I'm looking at you!) He has proved here that he can very capably tackle subjects in different genres and tell a good tale in each. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another thumbs up to Jonathan 14 May 2013
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I loved these shortish stories ,love how the characters and places are easy to visualise as the authors descriptions are so good ,some a bit darker than last book of short stories but also lot of humour as well ,yes Maureen's back again. causing mayhem,my favourites were the first two stories The night visitor and The Robin but enjoyed them all ,thanks again Jonathan for another good read just the medicine I needed.,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tales of the Unexpected 15 July 2013
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I've now read all of Jonathan Hill's books and for me this was the finest yet. He has an understated and measured style which is very easy to read.

That understated style works brilliantly in this case because as the book progresses, so does the darkness of the content. His ability to set a story in an almost `cosy' suburban setting is brilliant. This familiarity is what sends the shivers down the spine. I'm not going to go into too much detail about the stories because they're too good to describe adequately. What I will say is that there is one very clever, ghost story inside which I think is one of the best I've read in a very long time.

This is a proper Tales of the Unexpected in all its understated, suburban, creepy glory. Had that title not already been used, it would suit this book down to the ground. Highly recommended.
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