Interview with Vocable
Interview with Steve Lockie
Reading in the Blue Belle Cafe in Penge on Sat Oct 7th, 2017, as from 7.30 p.m. as part of the Penge Poets' event.
Reading in Paris with the Paris 17 and a Half Minutes' Writing group in December 2017. Exact date and venue TBA.
Book launch in Paris, 19h30, May 25th, 2018, Berkeley Books, 8 rue Casimir Delavigne, 75006 Paris. Metro OdÃƒÂ©on.
I received this as a review copy from NetGalley. I'm a big fan of historical fiction and this certainly didn't disappoint.
It was also refreshing to read a novel set in Transylvania that doesn't involve vampires, it does still show the fears and superstitions that were rife at the time and how easily peoples opinions can be swayed.
A very good read and I would definitely recommend it to all historical fiction fans.
by Alan Taylor
This book is fabulous! I just finished it and I still have tears in my eyes. Wonderful imagery and poetic prose but best of all is the haunting story! The author is truly a teller of tales. Once I started reading the book, it was impossible to put it down. When I got close to the end, I read slowly slowly slowly so that the book would keep on going…
by Marval Grabner
I've just finished reading The Barefoot Road. I enjoyed it: as an engrossing story; as an account of the clash between different views of the world: those who are welcoming and those who are afraid of others; and as an evocation of a lost rural way of life where the division between human and the natural world was less obvious - people as part of nature rather than separate from it. Vivienne Vermes has a great storyteller's gift!
by Alan Howe
I finished reading "The Barefoot Road" yesterday. It really is a remarkable piece of work. It is incredibly evocative, full of astonishing imagery and so rooted in another time (I imagined the late nineteenth century), another culture, yet also for me mirrored that almost timeless and placeless sense of the village as both a haven and a trap - and a place where small minds can curdle with enmity for that which they don't understand.
They talk about "willing suspension of disbelief" in a movie or a book, and for me I utterly experienced that. For the characters were so real. There was also a great structure to it with that slow but sure, and increasing in tempo, building to the violent and cathartic climax. A great piece of work.
by Stuart White, journalist, novelist and screenwriter
It's an amazing book, full of humanity's vulnerability, love and hate.
by Jane Allen-Brown
Vivienne Vermes is a British writer and actress of Hungarian and Irish descent who has lived in Paris for thirty years. She has published three collections of poetry, "Sand Woman" (Rebus), "Passages" and "Metamorphoses" (L'Harmattan), performed her work all over Europe, and run creative writing workshops in Greece, Romania and France. She is winner of the Paragram Poetry Prize (2013) and Petite Prose Prize (2016), and of the Mail on Sunday's Best Opening to a Novel competition as well as Flash500's prize for short fiction. As an actress, she recently played Queen Elizabeth 11 in the French comedy film "Les Profs 2", and her voice constantly reminds passengers on the Paris metro to "mind the gap". "The Barefoot Road" is her first novel.