“With a novel, there is no hurrying it. You're constantly walking into the unknown.” – Tobias Hill
Born on this date in 1970, Hill is a native of North London and the son of a journalist and graphic designer. He is a prizewinning and critically acclaimed author of five novels, four volumes of poetry, a short story collection and a children's book.
Amongst contemporary British authors, Hill is unusual in achieving critical recognition as a poet, novelist and writer of short stories. His novels have been published worldwide. Secrecy, revelation and obsession are recurrent themes in Hill's novels, which have all been best sellers. His short stories have won the prestigious International PEN/Macmillan Silver Pen Award. And, his poetry has been called “luminous” and “unforgettable.”
When asked what he likes best in his writing life, he said probably poetry because it provides him the biggest challenge.
“At school, I was never given a sense that poetry was something flowery or light. It's a complex and controlled way of using language,” he said. “Rhythms and the music of it are very important. But the difficulty is that poetry makes some kind of claim of honesty.”
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