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The Chimes Hardcover – 12 Feb 2015

3.6 out of 5 stars 65 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Sceptre (12 Feb. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444794523
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444794526
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2.8 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 65 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 444,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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WINNER OF THE 2016 WORLD FANTASY AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL AND NOMINATED FOR THE 2015 MAN BOOKER PRIZE

To call The Chimes striking is I dare say to underplay what might be the most distinctive debut of the decade. (Tor.com)

SUPERB... intriguing, ambitious and strikingly written. (James Kidd, Independent on Sunday)

The Chimes is a remarkable debut. It's inventive, beautifully written, and completely absorbing. I highly recommend it. (Kevin Powers, author of THE YELLOW BIRDS)

A genuinely originalnovel that has all the tension of a well-told, gripping thriller, but which is elevated well above the ordinary by its shining, lyrical language. The author has created a believable, consistent and vivid world... (Clare Morrall)

Cleverly orchestrated and poignantly conveyed throughout. (Guardian)

The novel is hypnotic, melancholic and requires concentration, but it builds to an incredibly tense and emotionally satisfying climax that rewards all the effort. (Elle)

Smaill is a former musician with a book of poetry already to her name. The Chimes has strong echoes of both these influences as we're taken on a strange and lyrical journey through a dystopian England . . . The intrinsic links between music and memory suffuse this dreamy narrative . . . the idiosyncratic world [that] Smaill has lovingly created using melodic and musical syntax - her narrative style brimming with invention and nuance. (The Big Issue)

The pleasure lies in getting to grips with the rules of this eerie dystopia and the unusual vocabulary Smaill has minted to describe it. (Metro)

Atmospheric, intensely-imagined strangeness (Daily Mail)

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LONGLISTED FOR THE 2015 MAN BOOKER PRIZE. A stunning debut composed of memory, music, love and freedom, The Chimes pulls you into a world that will captivate, enthral and inspire.

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