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Black Rock Paperback – 11 Mar 2010

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Serpent's Tail (11 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846687020
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846687020
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 949,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Her writing is as lushly beautiful as the landscape she describes - it's the kind of novel that leaves your head filled with gorgeous pictures. (Kate Saunders The Times 2009-02-19)

Set in the intense heat and vibrant lushness of the Caribbean, this compelling novel tells the story of Celia, an orphan with a prophecy hanging over her...it sings with life, texture and verve (Victoria Moore Daily Mail 2009-04-03)

This beautifully assured debut is rich with the sumptuous vistas, poetry and spirit of the Caribbean...Clashes of culture, temperament, loyalty and love jostle together, with the dramatic events and quandaries woven together with lyricism, tenderness and sensuality. (Easy Living 2009-04-01)

There are hints of Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea throughout Smyth's hypnotic, eerie novel... Smyth writes entrancingly on tropical heat and light, indolence, vengeance and desire. (Catherine Taylor The Guardian 2009-03-21)

Certain novels are alive with colour. Written in lush, lyrical language evocative of its tropical setting, ... Smyth's debut is an absorbing and morally complex read with a bittersweet twist at the end (Melissa McClements Financial Times 2009-03-21)

[A] beautifully written story of her journey into adulthood. Tropical landscape, realistic dialogue and a strong plotline make this debut a winner. (Jennifer Ryan Image 2009-03-01)

In painterly images, Smyth evocatively shows more than she tells... There are echoes of the archetypal "mad woman", if not in an attic then in a marital room in the Caribbean, with scenes reminiscent of Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea... this is a vivid and compelling story, exploring the extent of our control over our destinies. (Anita Sethi The Independent 2009-03-27)

A damaged but irresistible heroine... Smyth's story is a powerful, authentic one and Celia is an appealing, earthy, yet spiritual heroine who grows, wounded and embattled, through the course of the book (Lesley McDowell Independent on Sunday 2009-03-22)

A captivating read (Aisling Foster The Irish Times 2009-03-07)

Amanda Smyth writes like a descendant of Jean Rhys. Black Rock is a powerful cocktail of heat and beautiful coolness, written in a heady, mesmerising yet translucent prose which marks Smyth out as a born novelist. (Ali Smith)

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'The kind of novel that leaves your head filled with gorgeous pictures' Kate Saunders, The Times

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