‘The Death of the Poet’ by N Quentin Woolf – Review and Giveaway

When I was offered this book for the purpose of review I started to read the synopsis but I was sold by the time I got half way through and decided not to read the rest of it, I do love a book that’s a surprise. It was clear from what I read, though, that this book was going to be quite dark and rather troubling and it’s been a while since I read something like that, definitely time to be challenged!

This is, no word of a lie, one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. It’s been a while since I just marvelled over the beauty of the language and the quality of the writing in a book. That’s not to say that the other books I’ve been reading haven’t been well written, the majority have been very well written, but something magical happens when an author can write words that sing like poetry, and that’s exactly what N Quentin Woolf does – Astoundingly beautiful.

Ordinarily I’d try to give you a brief overview of the story without telling you too much, but the first line that I read, of the synopsis I mentioned earlier, really stuck in my mind and it was just perfect for making me want to know more. I don’t want to tell you Any more than the synopsis does so I will just quote it for you, here, and leave it at that. Mean, I know.

‘John Knox falls passionately and irrevocably in love with Rachel McAllistair the first time they meet. He interviews her for his radio show, and afterwards, when he tells her how impressive she was, she hits him, square on the jaw. Undeterred, he pursues her, promising to love her and never to leave her.’ (Quoted from the synopsis of this book)

I know I’m being vague and I know I’m being annoying but I Really don’t want to tell you Too much about this book, I want you to know it’s fantastic and the writing is just of the highest quality. I want you to know you’ll be disturbed and you’ll be deeply challenged by this book. It’s dark and it’s beautiful but it’s not always very nice. It’s also captivating and enthralling and you want to know more about this man, about who he is and why he makes the decisions he does. You’ll love him and you’ll hate him and you just won’t understand, but you’ll not want to stop reading.

Painfully, beautifully addictive, I almost want to start reading it again.

The book is available on Amazon:Β http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Death-Poet-Quentin-Woolf/dp/1846689333Β for Β£9.02 (wow I’ve just checked and it has 9, 5 star reviews, seems like others agree with me, but watch out they might not be as elusive as me, don’t want to ruin the suspense now!).

I also have a giveaway running in which you can win a copy, and you can enter below (if you don’t win then you can come back and buy it from the link, I don’t know a single person i wouldn’t recommend this book to)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

– You must be 18 or over to enter the giveaway
– The Giveaway is open to residents of the UK only
– The winner will be picked via Rafflecopter
– There will be one winner
– The winner will have 28 days to respond to my email informing them of the win, if they do not respond another winner will be drawn.
– The giveaway runs until midnight on 1st July 2014
– The winner will need to supply me with their details in order for me to pass those on to the company who’ll supply the prize

This post contains press samples – please see disclaimer here


  1. Janice Mackin June 4, 2014 / 9:56 pm

    Hi, thanks for the giveaway.

    I think you have the wrong twitter name in the rafflecopter πŸ™‚

    • Rachael Jess June 5, 2014 / 8:17 am

      Laura, it's the Rafflecopter that needs changing hun, the twitter follower is @petit – and something tells me it's not you x

  2. admin June 5, 2014 / 8:40 am

    Thanks Rachel. I had completely misunderstood the previous comment but I've been emailed now too. So lovely that everyone's made sure I realise, I really appreciate it

  3. Barbara Handley June 5, 2014 / 4:58 pm

    Sycamore Row by John Grisham. I always enjoy his books.

  4. Sharon Martin June 5, 2014 / 6:03 pm

    Oh you've sold me !! Nothing will ever beat Swallowtail by Sheri Meshal, just love it !!

  5. katarina micallef June 6, 2014 / 8:39 am

    My favourite this year is a book I've been meaning to read for years and when I finally picked it up I just couldn't put it down – Memoirs of a Geisha ( now I might watch the film)

  6. Mickie Bull June 6, 2014 / 3:22 pm

    The President's Hat by Antoine Lauraine

  7. Erica Price June 13, 2014 / 12:04 pm

    Life after Life – Kate Atkinson's best so far I think.

  8. Solange June 15, 2014 / 7:52 am

    Gone Girl

  9. Jess McGlynn June 25, 2014 / 3:13 pm

    It sounds so interesting but I can't believe you have just teased us with snippets of the plot!! Thanks for linking up with Book Love. Sorry it has taken me so long to get around to commenting.

  10. Anonymous June 28, 2014 / 10:35 am

    Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead
    (Spencer Broadley)

  11. Chris June 28, 2014 / 3:15 pm

    Morgan Mccarthy – Strange Girls and Ordinary Women …

  12. Allan June 30, 2014 / 9:25 am

    I don't tend to keep up to date with new books. But my best read so far this year is Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith

  13. Manda Louise June 30, 2014 / 7:04 pm

    It's not a new book,but just recently finished Bernie Nolan's Autibiography,fab read

  14. Patricia Avery June 30, 2014 / 8:08 pm

    The Mouseproof Kitchen by Saira Shah, an emotional roller coaster made me laugh out loud and cry my eyes out. Have lent my copy to several friends who also 'enjoyed' it πŸ™‚

  15. Anonymous June 30, 2014 / 8:29 pm

    11/22/63 by Stephen King – brilliant book

  16. Jess Hayes July 1, 2014 / 10:16 am

    The Fault in Our Stars… wanted to read it as the movie was coming out. A book hasn't made me laugh and cry so much in a long time.

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