Posted on 20th September 2011

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Shipley Reading Group reads Nimrod’s Shadow

Nimrod’s Shadow is a thoroughly readable and engrossing book with a dual plot and a limited number of major characters. These characters are portrayed wonderfully well and are entirely believable. They drive the story along marvellously well.

Posted on 9th August 2011

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Nimrod’s Shadow

In a decade when it’s become somewhat commonplace to divide a novel between several converging storylines, Chris Paling’s latest work stands out as one that manages to eschew quiet resignation to this modish category of fiction. Indeed, despite adhering quite faithfully to many of the facets that typify the trend, including time periods chosen to…

Posted on 23rd May 2011

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Philip Gwyn Jones on Chris Paling

If Fiction Uncovered were to assemble from scratch the prototypical overlooked British novelist they would in all likelihood produce something very like Chris Paling. He has been in effect a victim of his immense range of imaginative sympathies. None of his novels much resembles its predecessor in style or tone, and that has perhaps limited his…

Posted on 19th May 2011

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Nimrod’s Shadow

‘A darkly comic novel featuring a 19th century artist whose paintings trigger a 21st century murder investigation. Deserved recognition for a critically acclaimed writer who merits a much wider audience.’ Fiction Uncovered Judges 2011 Synopsis: Reilly is an impoverished painter who lives alone in a shabby garret, with only his unsold canvases and his faithful…

Posted on 23rd November 2010

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Fiction Uncovered by… Stuart Evers, writer and reviewer

The first time my name appeared on the cover of a book was in 2000. I had read Chris Paling’s fifth novel, Newton’s Swing, in manuscript and was asked if I wanted to share my enthusiasm for it with other booksellers. It wasn’t a particularly erudite endorsement – as I recall, I wrote something like…