Anna Smaill Review Round-up

25th February 2015

“That this first novel has been hotly-tipped comes as no surprise… the reader can’t help but be snagged by its atmospheric, intensely-imagined strangeness… Smaill’s heartfelt message – that we banish discord at our peril – couldn’t ring out any clearer.”
The Daily Mail

"The Chimes, by the New Zealand poet Anna Smail (Sceptre, 12 February), has already picked up praise from Eleanor Catton and Kevin Powers … Will it be the novel of 2015? Watch this space."
The Independent

“This is a story that rivets us from the beginning but, for those wanting more, there are delicious depths that change an excellent story into an equally excellent thought provoking fable. As if that isn't enough, it also convinces us that Anna is a very clever lady. ... hugely compelling ... Oh yes, this is definitely a 'Wow!' book.”

“For a story about music, The Chimes is a triumph on the printed page”