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About the Author ~ Daniel Clay
Daniel Clay is thirty seven years old and married with no children. He lives in Hampshire in the UK.
Exclusive Amazon.co.uk Interview with Daniel Clay
Part narrated by Skunk Cunningham, an eleven-year-old girl in a coma,
What inspired you to write it?
My starting point were the family structures in Harper Lees
Who are your literary influences?
As a teenager,
If you could recommend just one "must-read book" to anyone, what would it be and why?
What top tips do you have for anyone looking to write their first book?
Write for the thrill of it and write for yourself. Try to surprise yourself. Try to shock yourself. Never try to write something that doesnt excite you right from the outset. Never try to write what you think an editor or agent wants you to write. Think about how you can grab a readers attention and then not let them put your work down. Look at the writers who do this to you and compare their style to your style. Try to understand why theyre different. Try to do something about it. Read as widely as you can. Polish as hard as you can. And, most of all, have fun, enjoy yourself, challenge yourself, and never let the rejections stop you from writing.
Reviews for Broken. A Novel
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Bold, prescient, engaging, and oddly touching. Guardian
A stunning first book Id be amazed if it doesn't get short-listed at awards time. Murray, Amazon Vine top reviewer
Daniel Clay has managed to weave a tale that simultaneously highlights some of the more disturbing aspects of contemporary British society whilst capturing some of the sweet innocence of a childs mind... gripping. H. Pierce, Amazon Vine top reviewer
Reminiscent of Angela's Ashes set in the present day there is humour and warmth, and a surprisingly upbeat, satisfying ending. I think this is probably the best new fiction I have read in the last year. P. M. Fernandez, Amazon Vine top reviewer
This book grabbed me and I could not put it down It will make you laugh, cry and gasp with horror. Kehs, Amazon Vine top reviewer
Beautifully written I couldn't put the book down. It contains humour and is incredibly touching. I will certainly be looking out for Daniel Clays next book. Recommended to all. SM, Amazon Vine top reviewer
‘Bold, prescient, engaging, and oddly touching’ Laura Wilson, Guardian
‘This is a novel whose plot and vivid, pared-down imagery bravely patrol the terrifying border at which the human blurs into the bestial and inanimate … Daniel Clay's debut novel is remarkably controlled and disciplined … Clay’s triumph is in exploring the kindness and love that might heal and restore – and what it is to feel fully alive.’ Anita Sethi, Independent
‘It’s funny and sad and moving … and ultimately very engaging.’ Francesca Segal, Observer
‘A moving, intriguing and at times funny debut novel’ Daily Express
Council estate of mind... Broken is a wayward shaggy dog story about life on a rundown close of an estate. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is difficult to categorise. It's certainly not feelgood fiction and I wouldn't recommend it as a holiday read and it's certainly not going to be everybody's cup of tea since... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Uncle Barbar
To write such a powerful first novel fills me with admiration. Is this an environment familiar to the author? If not it is all the more remarkable. Read morePublished 16 months ago by sue the scribe
I loved the DVD and shall read this book very soon. The book is in very good condition . Very satisfied.Published 17 months ago by Amanda Scott
Daniel Clay cranks up the melodrama in this powerful little novel. If you liked the film it's definitely worth the read.Published 18 months ago by T. lewis
I don't find much time to read but when I started reading this I couldn't put it down. Fantastic book and looking forward to his next one.Published 20 months ago by Miss E S Creighton