Words (and Trees) With Carys Bray

So it’s the day after publication day. And it (aside from the very, very sad Peaches Geldof news) was lovely. A huge thank you to everyone who made it so. And a huge thanks, too, to everyone who entered the favourite words competition. I’ll announce the winners either later today if I have time (there were SO many entries and I think pretty much all of them were brilliant so I’m tempted to put them all in a hat and select the winners at random) or tomorrow. I want to read them again first though because it feels like each of those tells its own story. They were ace.

Yesterday I was over at the super talented Carys Bray’s place, talking about Beautiful Words and a little about Beautiful Trees too (which is almost done and which is exciting too).

And here’s a round-up of where else I’ve/Beautiful Words has been. With excerpts.


Natalie Bowers reviews it here.“When we finally grow up, my little sister and I are going to run our own shop, and in this shop we are going to sell coffee, cake, stationary and books like this – books that are a pleasure to hold, a joy to read and a wonder to look at.”

The lovely Jessica reviews it for The View From Here mag. “I know that’s easy to say that you enjoyed a book and you would probably read it again but I can genuinely say this with Beautiful Words. I actually started again straight away and picked up more details that I had missed the first time. This is one of those books you can gobble up in one sitting or nibble away, saving the experience for as long as possible. Trust me, you’ll be going back for a second, third and forth serving of this book. Perring has a way of captivating the reader, coaxing them and on occasion pulling the reader into a darker part of the story.”

Decoding Static’s review and interview with me.

Australia’s, and writing’s, Jodi Cleghorn reviews it here. “Perring mainlines emotions in a way that compels the reader to open their heart to weep bittersweet tears into. He delivers with such ease single sentence gut-punches then switches back to offer promises of love when all hope has fled.”

Dan Powell tells you why you should’t read it here.“All of which should explain exactly why you should not read this book. You should lie back and imbibe it. You should stroll through it with you fingers. You should leap back and forth across the whole span of the alphabet, make bold connections between the entries that are furthest apart. Most of all, once you have visited each and every one of the twenty-six words, you should not consider this book as having been read. You should keep it on the coffee table, by the phone, or maybe put it in the glove box of your car, slip into a friend’s bag, or place it by the bedside of a loved one, so that either you or someone else can be surprised by it later on, return to it, stroll again through its words and images and meanings and declarations.”

Here I talk to Writer’s Little Helper about my imaginary bookshop.

Lies Ink reviews it here. “Like most of Nik’s work, there’s an undeniable charm to the writing, yet there’s a darker edge lurking in the background (perhaps best summed up by the fact that F’s word is Fuck – “beautiful because of its power”). Miranda Sofroniou’s illustrations complement the writing perfectly, with just the right amount of what I’d describe as a kind of naive whimsy.”

The brilliant Scott Pack shares his thoughts on it here. “It is a fine concept and the book is a handsome volume. It only takes a few minutes to read from start to finish but if you like it you are likely to return to it and dip in and out from time to time.”

Here’s what Vulpes Libris had to say about it in their thoughtful review. “I enjoyed reading this book, looking at it and found myself pausing over it and getting more from a second reading.”

And that, I think’s that. Again, thank you. More anon, I imagine.


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