The reviews for Virgin & Child are in – and they’re amazingly positive. ‘Clever and intriguing’ Niamh Donnelly, The Irish Times. ‘Lively and sympathetic…. read the book’ Caroline Bowder, Church Times. ‘A compelling alternative papal mystery’ Elizabeth Fitzherbert, The Lady. ‘Invokes thriller tropes… journalistic observation and lyrical descriptions’ Michèle Roberts, The Tablet. ‘A thinking person’s page-turner’ Michael Bartholomew-Briggs, London Grip magazine. ‘Deserving of wide public attention… unique, bold and challenging’ Paul Burke, NB Magazine
Danny Rhodes, author of Asboville, Soldier Boy and Fan, and Creative Writing Lecturer at the Canterbury Christ Church University, has interviewed me about how and why I wrote Virgin & Child – you can listen to the podcast here:
I’m delighted to have received two reviews for my new novel well ahead of the 2 April publication date – from Paul Simon of the Morning Star https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/c/virgin-and-child-maggie-hamand
and Barry Forshaw at CrimeTime http://www.crimetime.co.uk/virgin-child-by-maggie-hamand/
The Morning Star review has serious spoilers, so here’s a quote for those who don’t want to look yet:
‘Gripping… Hamand goes on to relate a tale so humanely, so movingly and with such authorial depth and deftness that the reader would have to be a saint not to read it through in one enormous sitting.’
Welcome to my new website! After five years writing my next novel, Virgin & Child, as part of a PhD, I am emerging back into daylight! I’m now writing part of an Online Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Hull, as well as continuing to teach on the Complete Creative Writing Course at the Groucho Club in Soho. I will now be posting news, writing tips and book reviews on a regular basis.