The First Hints of Purple demonstrates remarkable diversity. Coloured by a love of landscape, Hill paints an unusual, often metaphysical picture of the real world which, alongside a flair for satire, produces an absorbing, roller-coaster of a read.
by Michael Wolfe
It is always advisable to have a book of short stories to hand. So I often dip into collections of Somerset Maugham, Maeve Binchy and V. L. Whitechurch and am always delighted when I re-read their brief and absorbing tales. The First Hints of Purple by Michael Hill is a new volume containing 'short stories and contemplations' which I shall pick up many times in the future to revel in the humorous and the accomplished tale-telling.
by John Hyatt
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Hill's highly entertaining, humorous way with words made me laugh out loud again and again. Wonderful writing style - and beautifully designed!
by Jean Braid
I’ve just finished reading Michael Hill’s book The First Hints of Purple. And I loved it! His brilliant observation and gentle humour were prominent throughout - as was his memorable use of language. On page 26, for example, where he laments the approach of winter, a phrase like ‘the tinselled threat of Christmas’ continues to resonate at the back of my mind. There can be no doubt that Hill is a very good writer who, as it happens, fits in well with my own favourite authors among whom I include names such as Lawrence Sterne, R.S Surtees, Siegfried Sassoon and C.S Forester.
by Ned West-Sherring