The Chimes by Anna Smaill
(Sceptre, 2015)

The Chimes

by Anna Smaill

The Chimes is set in a reimagined London, in a world where people cannot form new memories, and the written word has been forbidden and destroyed.

In the absence of both memory and writing is music.

In a world where the past is a mystery, each new day feels the same as the last, and before is blasphony, all appears lost. But Simon Wythern, a young man who arrives in London seeking the truth about what really happened to his parents, discovers he has a gift that could change all of this forever.

A stunning literary debut by poet and violinist Anna Smaill, The Chimes is a startlingly original work that combines beautiful, inventive prose with incredible imagination.

One to Watch Independent on Sunday

A Bookseller Best Debut of 2015

One to Watch 2015 Huffington Post

An Amazon Rising Star

Reviews

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
Cleverly orchestrated and poignantly conveyed throughout”
- Guardian
Dystopian fiction but not quite as we know it... Smaill's particular melodious inventiveness makes her story her own.”
- Independent
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
SUPERB... intriguing, ambitious and strikingly written.”
- James Kidd, Independent on Sunday
For a story about music, The Chimes is a triumph on the printed page.”
- SFX Magazine
To call The Chimes striking is I dare say to underplay what might be the most distinctive debut of the decade. ”
- Tor.com
A dazzling debut piece of fantasy that marries great writing with compelling narrative. And the world Smaill has invented, where memory has been replaced by music and people cling to objects that link them to their pasts, is brilliantly imagined.... a serious book with serious talent behind it.”
- New Zealand Herald
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