REVIEW

Publishers Weekly
Starred Review

Dreams Before the Start of Time
“Charnock pulls hard on the parent’s universal worry—that no matter what we do and how much we want the best for our children, somehow we aren’t doing it right—in a skillfully executed multigenerational saga that explores a potential future driven by rapid development of reproductive technologies… personal and intimate”

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The Spider’s House

Dreams Before the Start of Time: “One for next year’s shortlist, that’s for sure…” says Nina Allan, an award winning science fiction author herself, and shadow juror for the 2017 Arthur C Clarke Award.

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REVIEW

From Couch to Moon

“With Dreams Before the Start of Time already on my Best SF of 2017 list, Anne Charnock is now solidified as one of my favorite SF authors.” Megan AM is a shadow juror for the 2017 Arthur C Clarke Award.

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REVIEW

The Guardian

By Adam Roberts:

“Anne Charnock’s Sleeping Embers of an Ordinary Mind (47North) is an expert braiding together of past, present and future that puts a 15th-century Italian female artist centre stage to say penetrating things about womanhood, creativity and history.

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Speculiction

Jesse Hudson writes an in-depth review with this wonderful conclusion: “Sleeping Embers of an Ordinary Mind is certainly one of 2015’s tip-top releases in science fiction.”

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The Spider’s House

Award-winning science fiction and fantasy author Nina Allan reviews Sleeping Embers of an Ordinary Mind: “this quiet, lovely and exquisitely crafted novel is itself a masterclass in composition…As in her debut novel A Calculated Life, the clarity and refined elegance of Charnock’s prose is a significant achievement.”

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From Couch To Moon

I’m delighted with this in-depth review by Megan AM, which concludes: “The feminist elements of Sleeping Embers of the Ordinary Mind are elusively contradictory, so much like life!, making this one of those thinking books—the kind with embers smoldering until a second visit.”

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GUEST POST

SF Signal

“I’m a stay-at-home writer who taps away in a cosy lair, inventing daredevil strategies for writing projects. My new novel, Sleeping Embers of an Ordinary Mind, is a case in point.”

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FEATURE

The Independent

Award-winning author Tricia Sullivan writes about science and SFF with quotes from yours truly, Emma Newman, Karen Lord and Stephanie Saulter.

“Charnock brings a background in environmental science, journalism, and fine art to her subtle and original novels.”

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INTERVIEW

Gollancz Blog

Fantastic questions! Award-winning author Tricia Sullivan quizzes me about Sleeping Embers of an Ordinary Mind as part of Gollancz’s blog series, “She Blinded Me With Science Fiction”. This is the full interview—extracts appear in The Independent article above.

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INTERVIEW

Historical Novel Society

Juliet Waldron quizzes me for the Historical Novel Society to find out if readers of historical fiction will be tempted to pick up Sleeping Embers of an Ordinary Mind, a novel set in past, present and future. I point out that history is a theme in all three storylines.

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CONVERSATION

Strange Horizons

An edited transcript of New Visions of Manchester—a discussion between Matt Hill and Anne Charnock at Mancunicon, the 67th British National Science Fiction Convention.
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REVIEW

Golden Apples of the West

Anne Charnock’s Sleeping Embers of an Ordinary Mind is a wonderfully understated and meditative book about family, loss and the creative process. It is a deeply feminist work that looks at the inequalities faced by women in the past, present, and how this may change in the future.

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Astounding Yarns

Caroline Mersey says, “It would be easy to see Sleeping Embers as ‘just’ a feminist novel… But Sleeping Embers is a much more nuanced novel than this.  It deals compellingly with the consequences of those absent from our lives: the gaps they create and how people’s actions are shaped by loss and the missing.”

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BUSTLE

Sleeping Embers of an Ordinary Mind is featured in ‘December 2015’s Best Books’ by Melissa Ragsdale: “This month, a slue of acclaimed international and translated voices have come stateside, ready to spin you imaginative tales of their distant homes. ”
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GUEST POST

Criminal Element

Sleeping Embers of an Ordinary Mind: Real Life Isn’t Like the Neatly Rounded Narratives of Fiction

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ESSAY

Medium

Screen Shot 2015-12-02 at 12.17.40Why I Don’t Count Words

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GUEST POST

TOR.COM

Screen Shot 2015-11-25 at 12.00.51Five Books with Fictitious Works of Art.
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GUEST POST

Writer’s DIgest

How long does it take to write a novel?

“That’s the question I asked myself when I started to outline my second novel, Sleeping Embers of an Ordinary Mind.

I hear you say: Surely, you already knew!

But I didn’t.”

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GUEST POST

Read It Forward

Getting My Movie-Obsessed Friend Back Into Books
Emergency! My friend has stopped reading…
A close friend admitted to me this week that she has fallen out with reading. This is a disaster, obviously. How can I tempt my friend to pick up a book, or two?

I know she loves cinema so here’s my strategy:

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REVIEW

The Spider’s House

Award-winning science fiction and fantasy author Nina Allan reviews A Calculated Life: “I found Charnock’s writing about mathematics, and pattern recognition especially to be – well, the only words that come close for me, paradoxically, are moving and beautiful.”

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Sibilant Fricative

By Adam Roberts, winner of the 2012 BSFA Best Novel Award 2012 for Jack Glass.
“What (Charnock) shares with Philip K. Dick is the ability to write unease.”

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Strange Horizons

Strange Horizon’s Alix E. Harrow reviews A Calculated Life: “a smart, subtle exploration of human emotion and intelligence.”

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OPINION PIECE

Popular Mechanics

We Ask 7 Sci-Fi Authors to Write Blade Runner 2.
“More than 30 years later, the beloved sci-fi classic is getting its long-awaited sequel. Some of the best sci-fi writers in the world tell us what they’d do with Deckard and the replicants in a second movie.”

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ESSAY

Women Destroy Science Fiction

“As a writer of science fiction I had a slow and, initially, rocky start. I spent the best part of a decade writing my first novel, A Calculated Life. It seemed that every other year I was too busy to look at the manuscript—”

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INTERVIEW

SF Signal

SF Signal’s Kristin Centorcelli fired some great questions at me, and I finally admit in this interview that I always aspired to being Girl Tintin.

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GUEST POST

SF Signal

SF SignalMy Dystopian Influences

(starting with my early encounter with Animal Farm).

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GUEST POST

Book Brunch

My experience as an Amazon Publishing author for BookBrunch, daily news service for the book industry.

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INTERVIEW

More Fiction Than Science

Spanish author Cristina Jurado interviews me about my influences on her blog More Fiction Than Science.

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And an English version appears on Elías Combarro’s blog Sense of Wonder.

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REVIEW

Speculiction

“Charnock an astute observer…what results is an inquiry into feminism and society that will make the reader truly pause to compare their own experiences and perceptions.

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INTERVIEW

Tom Hunter

Tom Hunter, Director of the Arthur C Clarke Award, interviews me for LondonCalling about journalism, art, fiction and the creative impulse!

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