Max Power’s 100th Review on amazon – The Max Power Choice Award – a special book carefully chosen

Max Power’s 100th Review on amazon – The Max Power Choice Award – a special book carefully chosen

This award is given in this instance to the book for which I have posted my 100th review on amazon. However the selection of this particular book by this particular author is indeed a choice and no accident.   This very special award is given to an author who epitomises excellence in their craft. The winner of the Max Power Choice Award for 2015, can go to none other than the very wonderful Lesley Hayes.

It is called the Choice Award because as I approached my 100th review, I considered all the reasons why a writer should get prominence as my 100th review.  It is after all a milestone and I felt it should be marked by a genuine and talented writer. As it happens this writer inspired me to write my very first review for her wonderful The Drowned Phoenician Sailor and she has inspired me ever since.

There are few writers, established or Indie that I go back to time and time again with the absolute confidence that I will be guaranteed a wonderful read. Lesley Hayes is quite literally a hidden talent to most of the world. She possesses an attention to detail in her work both figuratively and literally.  Her characters are imbued with a sense of normal that make them believable, engaging and you just know you are reading a book of quality from the very first page.

There is place and time in her work, often that place is her seemingly beloved Oxford and the time is always a wonderfully evocative, sensual thing in her tales. She sometimes reminds me of one of my favourite authors Henry James although Lesley is far more accessible and contemporary of course and indeed though his fans may be aghast at the suggestion, she is far more talented. I love her work and while here this award stems from the point of her latest book being my 100th review, I recommend that everyone goes out and buys a Lesley Hayes book today.  Wonderful books one and all from a gifted writer. Congratulations to Lesley Hayes, My choice, the recipient of the Max Power Choice Award for 2015.

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Lesley Hayes was born in Deptford, in South East London, in 1948, and started writing almost as soon as she could talk. Her first story was published when she won a literary competition at the age of 13. Between 1966 and 1992 she was regularly and prolifically published in literary and women’s magazines, writing stories, serials and articles, and in 1986 had a novel published called ‘Keeping Secrets’. For the following two years she had a weekly slot on BBC Radio Oxford reading her short stories, and in 1999 a collection of linked stories called ‘Oxford Marmalade’ was brought out on audiotape, read by the actress Susanna Dawson. Her son and daughter, born respectively in 1969 and 1971, helped her throughout these years to keep her feet on the ground and her sense of humour alive and well and occasionally kicking. In 1990 she came to the conclusion that continuing to write about the fascinating vagaries of the human condition just wouldn’t be enough, and for the next four years she trained to become a psychotherapist. Her successful career as a psychotherapist over the ensuing years took her away from fiction writing, but brought quite different rewards. It was a fork in the road she never once regretted taking, and she was aware of using many of same creative skills and insights. During the past five years the compelling urge to write fiction has again emerged, and she has given in gracefully to the inevitable return to her first love. Her novels ‘The Drowned Phoenician Sailor’ and ‘A Field Beyond Time’ are now available on kindle, along with three collections of short stories. Now that the genie has once again escaped from the bottle, more will soon follow.

OTHER BOOKS BY LESLEY HAYES

Through a Glass DarklyThe Oscar DossierWithout a Safety NetOxford Marmalade: SHORT STORIES BY LESLEY HAYESThe Drowned Phoenician SailorA Field Beyond TimeNot Like Other PeopleRound Robin

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22 thoughts on “Max Power’s 100th Review on amazon – The Max Power Choice Award – a special book carefully chosen

  1. I’m usually not a big fan of lists of bests, though we all have our favorites, including myself, but have to concur with Patrick here regarding Lesley Hayes.

    Not only is she a fascinating writer, but consistently engagingly so.

    This excerpt said it well,

    “There are few writers, established or Indie that I go back to time and time again with the absolute confidence that I will be guaranteed a wonderful read. Lesley Hayes is quite literally a hidden talent to most of the world. She possesses an attention to detail in her work both figuratively and literally. Her characters are imbued with a sense of normal that make them believable, engaging and you just know you are reading a book of quality from the very first page.”

    Quality, First to last page.

    Yes.

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      1. You bet.

        And hope you continue to get better.

        Those scares being scary aren’t frightening only by definition. You said it sell there also, in a previous post, when you said the glitch about returning for further work on your health is the memory of the pain.

        All our prayers and thoughts for you (smiles).

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  2. A choice I’m sure nobody would disagree with Patrick, and heartfelt congratulations to Lesley.
    I’ve read Lesley’s novel writing and her short stories, and the only difference is the length. Great to see such talent promoted by her peers.:)

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  3. Reblogged this on The Quill Pen Writes and commented:
    Save the best til last, a true promotions expert. Congratulations go to the wonderful Lesley Hayes. It has been said before but you really can’t go wrong with any one of Lesley’s titles. Not only that, I have the pleasure of knowing Lesley personally and have worked with her and as a person, you would find very few with more compassion, dignity and professionalism if you hunted the world over. A truly inspirational writer indeed. Well done to you and a huge thank you to Patrick for all of his hard work highlighting some amazing books.

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  4. The choices made in these awards were well though out, unbearably suspenseful, and certainly shrouded in mystery. There were titles I have yet to read, and titles that I could only nod in appreciation at being included in all of the awards. Phenomenal writers have been given a real notice within a group that has hundreds of talented scribes, each with their own style and ability. Patrick, you really did save the best until last and what a joy to see Lesley given the final award.

    There are a few writers in the group who really inspire and empower me, Lesley heads that list with her compassion, professionalism and selflessness when it comes to helping others. She is a shining talent within the group and each and every one of her novels will, at some point, touch the very core of the reader. The Drowned Phoenician Sailor is one of the best books I’ve read this year, I’d go so far as to say ever, and it stays with me to this day. It is on my hotlist to buy and have signed by the lovely Lesley herself and will join the ranks in pride of place in my personal library.

    A huge salute to you, Patrick, for bringing one of the biggest ‘feelgood’ moments to so many, not just the winners, but everyone who has showed their support within the group whether or not they got an award. With luck, next years awards will be bigger and better, if that is at all possible and we all hope that you take time out now to recover after this mammoth undertaking.

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  5. Reblogged this on Lesley Hayes and commented:
    I am humbled and delighted to receive this award – especially from such an accomplished author as Max Power – and deeply touched by the comments made here by fellow authors. These Indie authors have become my friends and my family over the past few years, and I couldn’t have received a finer tribute from them.

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