Staff Review: The Field of the Cloth of Gold

Reviewed by Ester

Three to See the KingIn 2005 I walked past a book store (not the ABC 😉 ) and saw a book cover I was very intrigued by (see right: Three to See the King).  I walked in and bought the book without really knowing what kind of book I had in my possession now. It turned out to be one of the weirdest and best books I’ve read in a long time. And so began my love for the writings of Magnus Mills.

The Field of the Cloth of GoldTen years and a lot of excellent titles later I got my hands on a copy of his latest book: The Field of the Cloth of Gold. (Thank you, Bloomsbury Publishing.)

Just like in his other books Mills describes a world not quite like our own, but with enough references that enables you to recognize and understand what the fictional world is about.  In this latest book the reader is being taken to a field with tents. People live in these tents, have their own part of the field, and have an unspoken set of rules about going about their lives with and around each other. But then a man and a woman set foot on the field. Their arrival changes the dynamic of the field and sets in motion a whole bunch of actions the original field group isn’t prepared for.

A Cruel BirdMills is incapable of writing a book that is less than a gem, but for me this one was less magical than his previous books, a fact that became clear when I realized I missed A Cruel Bird Came to the Nest and Looked in, the book Mills wrote before The Field of the Cloth of Gold. That one grabbed me by the throat and didn’t let me go, a feeling The Field didn’t give me.

I would really like to recommend all of his books. He is a one of a kind writer with his parable like stories, his unpeckable style and his gift for weirdness.

Ebooks are available for Three to See the King, The Field of the Cloth of GoldA Cruel Bird Came to the Nest and Looked in and all his other titles.