Review roundup

The novel has received several reviews since publication in the national press and blogs. I’ve listed these below. There are also user reviews on sites like Amazon and

Financial Times



There is also a review on the blog Keeper of the Snails.

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Q&A with me on the Amazon Rising Stars page

There is an interview with me currently live on the Amazon Rising Stars page.

An extract:

Can you describe Wall of Days in 10 words or less?

An isolated man, an unforgiving past, a misguided love.

What gave you the inspiration for this story?

The collective working through of historical guilt that was South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission was winding down when I was in the very early stages of the novel. The question of how individuals and nations deal with a violent and compromised past and with reshaping history was very much to the fore. At the time I was also reading a lot about bog people – studies of their discovery and also Heaney’s poetry. The juxtaposition of their almost perfect preservation and the mystery of their lives and ends fascinated me and still does….

Read the rest here.

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The novel is eligible for two awards which are based on readers’ votes and reviews. Please review and vote for the Amazon Rising Stars awards and the Newton First Book Award 2011.

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August 4: UK publication day

The book is released today in the UK. It should be available in Waterstones and other bookshops. Also buy online from Amazon, Play, Foyles, Waterstones and others.

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Book of the day on and interview

Thanks to Foyles for printing this interview with me on their site.

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Amazon Rising Stars

Very pleased to have been shortlisted for Amazon Rising Stars 2011. Here’s hoping for lots of positive user reviews.

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UK launch at Edinburgh Book Festival

I will be at the Edinburgh Book Festival promoting Wall of Days. The event, which features Wall of Days and Atlas of Remote Islands by Judith Shalansky, takes place on Friday 19 August at 6:45pm at Peppers Theatre. Book tickets here.

The write-up on the festival’s site is as follows:

“This event brings together two authors, each with radically different perspectives on what it means to inhabit an island. In Judith Schalansky’s award-winning Atlas of Remote Islands she lists fifty terrifyingly remote places and describes the people who have lived there. By contrast, Alastair Bruce’s debut novel, Wall of Days, tells the story of a man who has been sent to an island by the people he used to lead. This is a riveting study of the man’s journey back to retrace the terrible deeds for which he is answerable.”

You can also vote for the novel for the Newton First Book award.

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First UK review?

I believe this is the first UK review. Short but sweet. Thanks to

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Commonwealth Writers’ Prize

Wall of Days has been shortlisted for the Best first book in the Africa region in the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Regional winners to be announced on March 3.

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UK publication

The UK publication has been officially announced. It will be published by a new imprint of Profile Books, Clerkenwell Press, which is a new venture by Geoffrey Mulligan, the editor of JM Coetzee, Umberto Eco and others. It will be launched in August and you can already pre-order on Amazon.

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