Books On The Hill – Part Three

By now you will hopefully have seen my previous posts about the Books On The Hill Open Dyslexia Kickstarter campaign, so you will already know a lot about this project. Today, I would like to introduce you to the authors who are involved with this wonderful scheme, and review another of the books.


BOTH logo 7 shop coloursWe have been so fortunate that many great authors have agreed to contribute to this project. All are brilliant authors and are names I am sure you will recognise.

Stan Nicholls, who has been a great support to me particularly with my PhD. He is the author of many novels and short stories but is best known for the internationally acclaimed Orcs: First Blood series.

Steven Savile, the fantasy, horror and thriller writer, now lives in Stockholm whose father is a customer of our bookshop.

The horror duo that is Thana Niveau and John Llewellyn Probert, both well established and engaging authors and also residents of Clevedon.

Adrian Tchaikovsky is an Arthur Clark Award winner and best known for his series Shadows of the Apt, and for his novel Children of Time.

Steven Poore is the highly acclaimed fantasy writer who I first met on my first fantasy convention in Scarborough.

We finish the Magnificent Seven with Joel Cornah, who also has dyslexia, and with whom I participated in a podcast on dyslexia for the Clevedon Literature 2020 ‘Festival in the Clouds’.


We are launching a Kickstarter beginning in April 2nd 2021 for 30 days, with the focus on paying for the printing of our books and giving us starting capital to continue to print more titles.

There will be many ways you can be involved in this. You can contribute on the Kickstarter website itself. There will be a number of different options of donating money, in which you will receive rewards, such as ebooks of a title or a paperback of one or more of the titles to be published. In addition a unique reward from authors who are contributing to the project.

You can still contribute outside the Kickstarter. We are happy to receive your help in the shop, where we will have a donation box available.

Now, time for my final review of the campaign, for The House on The Old Cliff, by Adrian Tchaikovsky.


A collection of desperate investigators are unleashed on a mysterious disappearance, by a lawyer working for clients who care little about the quarry’s fate and more for their own interests.



I think of the three books I have reviewed as part of this campaign, this one has to be my favourite. The whole concept of a group of people, virtual strangers, heading off to a remote house to investigate a disappearance gave me chills from the very start.  These people were polar opposites of each other, and you can just feel that their relationships are going to be strained, to say the least. Add to that a creepy, deserted house located on mist shrouded cliffs in Scotland and you have a very creepy tale on your hands.

The outcome to the mystery is incredibly imaginative, and I found the whole thing absolutely fascinating. I would love to see this story expanded, and feel that it would make for a very dramatic screen adaptation.







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