Hall of Fame Reviewer - 2002 2003
Location: London United Kingdom
Web Page: www.amandacraig.com
In My Own Words:
I am a novelist (my best-known being A Vicious Circle, a satire about the literary world)with a sixth Hearts & Minds out now in May 2009. It's a big, modern detective story set in London, about immigrants legal and illegal, and how five people's lives are affected by the murder of an au pair. You can look up more about these on my website, www.amandacraig.com. I began writing because I'm passiona… Read more
I am a novelist (my best-known being A Vicious Circle, a satire about the literary world)with a sixth Hearts & Minds out now in May 2009. It's a big, modern detective story set in London, about immigrants legal and illegal, and how five people's lives are affected by the murder of an au pair. You can look up more about these on my website, www.amandacraig.com. I began writing because I'm passionate about reading - I always have a couple of books on the go, and it seems a waste not to share the ones I've particularly enjoyed. I was one of the first critics to discover JK Rowling and Philip Pullman, and am keen to share other good children's authors with readers. You can also check out my Listmanias, which include books for dragon-lovers, best audio tapes for long journeys and picture books for getting small children to sleep! As a novelist myself I loathe the way so many readers and book buyers get short-changed by the literary world (something A Vicious Circle addresses).
Hearts & Minds is a kind of sequel to A Vicious Circle, and is another attempt to write a Dickensian novel for modern London. It's a detective story and a thriller, involving five immigrants with interlinked lives - some illegal and poor, others second generation and professional middle class people. I passionately believe good novels should have plots, and believeable characters, not just style. One of the things I love about amazon is that it gives readers a chance to say what they think and feel -often v. different from professional critics - irrespective of hype. So if you enjoy my reviews (or indeed my novels) then please, add your own. I review children's books for The Times, and adult fiction for The Independent on Sunday and The New Statesman, among others, but I only review here what I've really liked or found interesting (hence the frequent 4/5 stars - it's not worth commenting on the dross).
Fiction (literary, crime, essays, poetry, children's fiction) classical music (especially Bach, Mozart, Debussy, Couperin)movies esp SF/noir/thrillers, Italian Renaissance painters, gardening, walking in wild places and Devon.
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