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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 661 KB
  • Print Length: 251 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: HoAmPresst Publishing; 2 edition (29 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0087BLULW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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Cally Phillips (1963-) has had a writing career spanning 20 years. Stage plays and screenworks formed the bulk of her professional career, and she has been broadcast on BBC and ITV as well as on radio. She was dramatist in residence in Dumfries and Galloway 2002-2004 as well as holding other residencies and facilitation posts. She was founding director of Bamboo Grove Theatre Company from 2002 -2006.

She is in the process of publishing her back catalogue of stage plays for ebook format through HoAmPresst Publishing. She also publishes 'advocacy' work through the Guerrilla Midgie Press imprint including A WEEK WITH NO LABELS(2012)

She has also written short stories in Scots including the collections IT WISNAE ME and VOICES IN MA HEID.

Latterly novels have taken precedence in her writing portfolio. Her first novel THE THREADS OF TIME (2003) was followed by ANOTHER WORLD IS POSSIBLE (2007) and BRAND LOYALTY (2010) continues her unique and individualistic contribution to the literary genre. She is currently working on several adaptations from her stage works and a new 'trilogy in four parts'.

It has been said that Cally 'thinks her way through life' and certainly her writing reflects this characteristic. It is idioscyncratic, challenging, open and revealing, exploring difficult concepts such as identity and the nature of reality, employing a range of literary styles but engaging the reader through compellingly believable characters and stories that keep you thinking long after the final page.

Cally Phillips is currently the editor of Indie eBook Review, a site which peer reviews the work of 'indie' writers and she is director of the Edinburgh eBook Festival which is held in August each year.

For more information about Cally Phillips and her writing go to www.callyphillips.co.uk
For the Indie ebook Review go to http://indieebookreview.wordpress.com
For the Edinburgh eBook Festival go to www.edebookfestival.co.uk

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The Threads of Time is set in rural Scotland in the 1990s on the site of a dig to excavate the remains of an ancient Celtic settlement. Young, idealistic archaeologist, Paul, is employed by grizzled veteran Harry, the very embodiment of cynical, corrupt careerism. Paul's immediate superior on the dig though, is also the object of his deepest desire, Diane.

The arc from Paul's infatuation with Diane to the beginning of their burgeoning relationship is traced with excruciating, exquisite detail; the passages of prose take on a mounting, electrical erotic charge as Paul moves forward towards his goal. As fixation develops into love there are moments of union when time, for the couple, seems to stop, and they exist on the edge of the revelatory. The fact that the reader is somehow allowed to tangibly share in those moments speaks of the book's great descriptive power.

Paul and Diane also share a strand of mysticism which leads back into their separate childhoods; manifested as Paul's encounter with the living past during a meeting with a mediaeval knight in the form of a jousting re-enactor; and Diane's courageous act as a little girl of taking the hand of a Red Indian head-dressed war-chief during an event in Harrods and abandoning herself to the primal dance.
But in Paul, there is always something watching and separate, removed:
"She shone like gold and he wanted her to be gold but he had no way of knowing if the real Diane was a treasure trove or a smashed pot."

With the digging up from the peat earth of an extraordinary find, Paul's love for Diane is unexpectedly dwarved. He enters into an even deeper psychic bond with the ancient past, his mind pulled back overwhelmingly two-and-a-half-thousand-years.
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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to wander around an archaeological dig and be physically whisked back in time?

Paul is taking part in a dig in Galloway, southern Scotland, one of the lowly muck-shifters. But he really fancies one of the senior archaeologists - Diane - older than him, beautiful, out of his league.

Strange things begin to happen. Paul has dreams, but are they dreams? And Diane begins to notice him. Is she really interested, or is it a game she's playing with their boss, the man in charge of the dig who has his own agenda and isn't playing by the rules?

This is a time-slip novel with good, passionate characters and a thorough knowledge of archaeology and pre-history. It's a little slow in parts, which is why I've only given it 4 stars, though it should probably be 4.5 - apparently it was Cally Phillips' first novel. Wonder too about this current fashion for brevity and galloping pace - perhaps we should have a new `slow book' movement as in `slow food'? Paragraphs of reflection and description are, perhaps, something we should give time to in our crowded lives. The Threads of Time is definitely a good read, a page-turner, and the ending is very unexpected.
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Having enjoyed and reviewed other works by the author Cally Phillips, most notably Another World is Possible, her homage to Che Guevara, I was keen to read this, her first novel. I'm delighted to say that the book did not disappoint.

The world of archaeology in which the novel is set, with its rivalries and jealousies and sporadic high excitements, is very believable. As are the parallel love stories at the heart of the story, one in the here and now and the other thousands of years in the past. And you're left guessing almost to the last word how those love stories will end. Will it be doom or happiness for one or other - or for both? You'll need to read the book to find out.

While the whole novel is expertly and cleverly written, what stands out for me are those passages which transport one back in time, back into the mists of pre-history and into the minds of people who lived then; real people who worked and played and laughed and loved. Those beautiful, haunting passages have stayed with me ever since. They alone are reason enough to get hold of this highly entertaining debut novel.
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HASH(0x9ab1178c) out of 5 stars THE THREADS OF TIME by Cally Phillips 21 Jun. 2012
By John Logan - Published on Amazon.com
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The Threads of Time is set in rural Scotland in the 1990s on the site of a dig to excavate the remains of an ancient Celtic settlement. Young, idealistic archaeologist, Paul, is employed by grizzled veteran Harry, the very embodiment of cynical, corrupt careerism. Paul's immediate superior on the dig though, is also the object of his deepest desire, Diane.

The arc from Paul's infatuation with Diane to the beginning of their burgeoning relationship is traced with excruciating, exquisite detail; the passages of prose take on a mounting, electrical erotic charge as Paul moves forward towards his goal. As fixation develops into love there are moments of union when time, for the couple, seems to stop, and they exist on the edge of the revelatory. The fact that the reader is somehow allowed to tangibly share in those moments speaks of the book's great descriptive power.

Paul and Diane also share a strand of mysticism which leads back into their separate childhoods; manifested as Paul's encounter with the living past during a meeting with a mediaeval knight in the form of a jousting re-enactor; and Diane's courageous act as a little girl of taking the hand of a Red Indian head-dressed war-chief during an event in Harrods and abandoning herself to the primal dance.
But in Paul, there is always something watching and separate, removed:
"She shone like gold and he wanted her to be gold but he had no way of knowing if the real Diane was a treasure trove or a smashed pot."

With the digging up from the peat earth of an extraordinary find, Paul's love for Diane is unexpectedly dwarved. He enters into an even deeper psychic bond with the ancient past, his mind pulled back overwhelmingly two-and-a-half-thousand-years. The sensuality which had enabled him to escape the bounds of time and space with Diane for those exquisite but excruciatingly brief periods, has now led Paul to lay hands upon something far more powerful and ancient which may never let him go. He becomes privy first-hand to the mysteries and revelations of the ancient world, realising ever more keenly the bankruptcy of the modern one.

The old world takes over Paul's dreaming life, but he still has to live in the modern daylight world with Diane and Harry. A battle for supremacy of his soul seems to have been entered into with no guarantee of the outcome.
As the purpose of the past's call becomes clearer, Paul understands he may have to break with everything and everyone he has ever believed in, if he is to fulfil the requirements of a destiny set in motion long before he was ever born.
"We are all magicians in the face of reality. History is our magic wand."

Inexorably, and with a structural beauty and emotional power, this book moves towards a denouement which, in the huge context of this story, can only be seen as the "right true end".

An exceptional novel, with a strange quality of warmth, which juxtaposes beautifully with the meticulous structure and detail of the prose.
The book haunts when it is closed and put aside, in a way that I suspect may be permanent, and while reading there are moments of penetrating revelation where a hushed stillness and centre seems to have been suddenly discovered by the author and transmitted into the spirit of the future reader.

Part love story, and part labyrinthine quest into the terrifying corridors and tunnels of the human subconscious, with all its attendant struggles, losses and agonies; and then this quest itself only leading to an even greater love story, one defiant of time and space, and insistent that its call down through the centuries be heard at last.
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