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Revenant

October 2008

Revenant can be slotted onto the ever-growing bookshelf of gothic Canadian novels. …Each of the three narrators is blessed with the eye of a poet. Ricky is perhaps the most ambitious of the three… Like a re-imagination of Huck Finn, he’s a roughneck who spouts out the odd gem from his coarse tongue.”

Toro Magazine, Oct 15, 2008
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Revenant

October 2008

“With its moods, beauty and dark, secret spaces, his island [the Isle of Anglesey, or Ynys Mn] moves through his novels like a character. In Revenant… it is there as a presence alongside the three childhood friends who return to the island 10 years after one of their gang, Del, drowns accidentally at sea. The novel is beautifully told; the sentences as perfect as an ocean view.”

Globe and Mail, Oct 11, 2008
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Revenant

October 2008

"Revenant, is the first to be published in Canada - a testament to his rising importance on the literary scene…"

Globe and Mail, Oct 6, 2008
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Revenant

August 2008

“Hughes subtly provides insight into the unformed, half-conscious intentions of his characters. …At his best, he is a wry, articulate writer, whose prose is arrayed with superfluous cats, with a tobacco-blackened sea and with ghosts that are just memories in the wrong time. [He also]…shows himself to be a good storyteller, as in Ricky’s recollection of his grandmother’s gypsy days, complete with caravans and dancing bears…”

Globe and Mail, Aug 22, 2008
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Revenant

August 2008

“Despite it’s secrets, the novel isn’t a whodunit or thriller: it’s a provocative exploration of the difficulty of leaving childhood behind, and about how being treated like an outsider all your life will leave you with a tragic sense of entitlement. …Revenant is a worthy read. It certainly beats a holiday in Wales.”

Walrus, Aug 12, 2008
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Revenant

August 2008

“Written in lyrical, eloquent prose, the story unfolds in the alternating narratives of Neil, Ricky and Steph. In each case, Hughes excels at capturing their distinctive voices. …Throughout the novel, Hughes writes passionately about the landscape. …Revenant serves as a befitting introduction of Hughes to Canadian readers. Here’s hoping he’ll write more about his beloved island and the fictional characters that inhabit it.”

Winnipeg Free Press, Aug 3, 2008
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Revenant

July 2008

“In this gothic and moody novel from an Ontario-born author, three friends convene in northern Wales 10 years after a childhood tragedy. There’s a fourth person missing, and her absence weighs heavily as they reconstruct what happened that day.”

Chatelaine, Jul 22, 2008
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Revenant

May 2008

“Lucid and lyrical, this is a beautifully written novel… the suspense en route never lets up.”

Daily Mail, May 2, 2008
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Revenant

April 2008

“Flinty, pastoral and fierce.”

The Independent, Apr 19, 2008
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Revenant

April 2008

“Revenant creates an unforgettable landscape, a place that seems to hover at the borderlands of innocence and knowing. A beautiful novel, rich in the complexities of childhood love and obsession, of adult remorse and the insatiable yearning for absolution.”

Apr 11, 2008
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