Yesterday, 11-12-13 a new friend of mine, Nicola Griffith has published an awesome historical/science fiction book entitled, Hild.
This beautifully written book is about that fascinating era of the 7th century Anglo-Saxons in Britain’s Northumbria and East Anglia with a focus on St. Hild(a) of Whitby. It reads almost like poetry as it is so lyrically written.
What a treasure it was to receive a preview copy to read several months ago! Thank you Nicola for entrusting this Hilda-chaser with your masterful tome.
For years, Nicola has studied Anglo-Saxon history and has applied her in depth research to this masterful volume. Now, it may be a bit “out there” for some who think saints are only pious/holy/one dimensional/unfun (is that a word?) as Nicola has developed Hild into a wild child with extraordinary gifts and graces.
Nicola has won numerous awards for her writing including: a Nebula Award, the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, the World Fantasy Award and six Lambda Literary Awards. She also received the Alice B. Award in 2009.he was awarded the Jim Duggins Outstanding Mid-Career Novelists’ Prize from the Lambda Literary Foundation in 2013.
It is so appropriate that Hild would go on sale during the week of St. Hilda of Whitby’s feast day on November 17! This book has already received numerous rave reviews from the biggies in the literary industry. Congrats Nicola for a gorgeous book!
Griffith, Nicola. Hild. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. November 2013.