THE FIRST HINTS OF PURPLE
A refreshingly original book, ‘The First Hints of Purple’ is a sometimes bewildering, often enthralling and always surprising collection of short stories. They are supported by a number of much more condensed literary pieces that probe the mysterious underside of daily experience without any strict recourse to plots and personalities. Taken together, these two elements make an absorbing read that stands apart from mainstream cultural trends.
A LETTER FROM
This book features a collection of short stories and concise meditations similar to those in 'The First Hints of Purple'. In the present case, however, Michael Hill's wide-ranging prose illustrates even more forcefully his grasp of human nature: the fixes people get themselves into, the absurdity of pretension - and those comic aspects of behaviour that both broaden and enhance the reader's experience... All of which makes Hill's second collection of stories just as riveting as his first.
This collection, like the others, remains centred on Hill's two well established forms of short story-writing. Importantly, however, it also features a selection of his aphorisms. Indeed, it was from among the longer examples of these that he first made the transition from poetry to prose. 'No Trace of Birdsong', including some of the poems, represents a significant extension of Hill's previous range. Eagerly awaited, it will certainly be an eye-opener.