Hild will be out in paperback 28 October from Picador. I just spent a very satisfying ten minutes trying to decide where to put the Washington State Book Award sticker.
It’s a lovely-looking thing. I admit to being impressed by myself when I looked at all the quotes and the back cover copy. I’m grinning all over again…
This one deserves a good home. I’ll send it to the reader who suggests the best review quote that isn’t on the book. (You can find lots of same—but not all; I got a bit overwhelmed—here if you need inspiration. But the quote doesn’t have to be here for you to use it.)
Or, hey, awards make me feel generous: I’ll also send a copy to the reader who has the best idea of where to put that sticker. (Where to put it on the book. Just behave…)
7 thoughts on “HILD paperback!”
I do so like the essay from The Toast! http://the-toast.net/2014/02/19/the-joys-of-hild/
Any quote in particular?
Beautiful! Thank you for relaying the tale of the award sticker.
left upper corner seems to be the ONLY place where the sticker would fit :)
This is also from The Toast:
“The good news is that Nicola Griffith’s Hild is the book you’ve been waiting for, the one that has room for you in it: it’s long and smart and beautiful, set in a world so old that the languages and tribes feel supernatural in their distance from our own, and it’s expansively, gloriously, breathtakingly feminist, nearly six hundred pages of story about women that takes them and their complex, active lives seriously.”
I loved the entire essay because of how deeply it delves into these stories and issues, but the most relevant is this one:
If you read Nicola Griffith’s new historical novel Hild, you’ll learn a lot about life in seventh-century Britain. When you finish the book you’ll find it strange not to be drinking sharp white mead and eating game. You’ll miss the textures of cloth, the aural world of birdsong and snapping twigs, the sense of a battle axe always at your side. Hild’s senses are near-superhuman in their acuity; she’s extraordinary, like many of the characters we love best. But she’s thoroughly grounded in her time, in its political realities and religious uncertainties, and you never get the sense that she’s invulnerable.
I would have liked to have seen your quote from your post of 8/24/08: “with my next novel, I'm going to run my software on your hardware. You've been warned.”
As for the placement of your gold star, just don't cover up any birds. They are so much a part of Hild's story.
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