Review quotes so far…

Louise Laurie, The Bookbag, 1/06/10: 

Fine comic lines throughout […] It is a fine piece of writing. Who is right? Who is wrong? A deeply thought-provoking book. Recommended. The Cuckoo Boy by Grant Gillespie

Catherine Taylor, The Guardian, 29/05/10: 

Enterprising new publisher To Hell With states its intent with Gillespie’s emotionally visceral debut.[…] The spectre of Lionel Shriver’s Kevin is omnipresent, particularly in the black comedy and ambiguous aspects of the tale. Yet this is a confident, impressive work in its own right. First Novels


Simon Quicke, Inside Books, 29/05/10: 

Very clever…this book is both relevant and provocative. It might not be comfortable reading but as a way of taking a reader on a journey, which good books should do, into the mind of a unloved and desperate child it delivers. Thoughts at the halfway point of The Cuckoo BoyAuthor interview – Grant Gillespie author of The Cuckoo Boy Book Review – The Cuckoo Boy – Grant Gillespie

Mary Fitzgerald, The Observer, 16/05/10: 

Through James and David, Gillespie explores the chasm between how children and adults perceive the world, and the devastating consequences of falling through this gap. […] The Cuckoo Boy is a savage indictment of hypocrisy and forced social convention. Debut Fiction

William Rycroft,, 12/05/10: 

It would be easy to expect an actor to be good at writing dialogue or creating a narrative voice (in fact most actors are terrible at improvising dialogue that sounds real – never underestimate the skills of the playwright!) but Gillespie deserves genuine credit for what he achieves with all his cast and particularly with James and David. ‘the invisible enemy’

The Sleep Club (guest post), 11/05/10: My personal fix, my crutch, my panacea – is sleep.  Where some people are heavy drinkers, I’m a heavy sleeper.  And I love it.  If narcolepsy were contagious I’d dry hump a dyssomniac.Confessions of a Sleep Addict by Grant Gillespie (interview), 10/05/10: 

The whole thing is about mismatches and misunderstandings, and it filled me simultaneously with laughter and a deep knot of dread all the way through. Now over to Grant, on Ayn Rand, thinking like a child, and trying not to be too clever (it’s tough). Writer’s Questions – Grant Gillespie

Lynne Hatwell,, 6/05/10: 

Grant Gillespie is a wizard, an absolute natural at dialogue and inner voice with an omniscient narrator who sifts out all those perceptive angles. The Cuckoo Boy ~ Grant Gillespie

Booktrust (guest post), 5/05/10: 

Grant Gillespie, debut author of To Hell with Publishing’s first book The Cuckoo Boy, writes beautifully about imagined dreamscapes and viewing the adult world with a child’s eyes. We asked him to guest-blog about his favourite author… Lewis Carroll. Authors we love … by Grant Gillespie

William Rycroft,, 4/05/10: 

Therefore next week I’ll be letting you know my thoughts on the first release on their To Hell With First Novels list: The Cuckoo Boy by Grant Gillespie. (to hell with waiting that long to find out whether it’s any good or not though – it’s really good) To Hell with…Blogging

Lynne Hatwell,, 3/05/10: 

A fabulous concoction of emotions and observations, lots of nature versus nurture ponderings and a razor-sharp narrative voice to die for, which all adds up to my first truly un-put-downable new novel of the year to date. Stop all the reading clocks… The Cuckoo Boy is here

Evie Wyld, author of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize-winning After the Fire, A Still Small Voice, quote for the jacket: 

A dark and elegant story of childhood, The Cuckoo Boy is horrifying and disarmingly funny. A book to keep you awake at night.

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