Michael Hill was born in South East England in semi-rural circumstances which encouraged a love of landscape and a dislike of regimentation. Later on, however, in the aftermath of World War II and still only twelve, his abrupt encounter with grammar school life instantly broadened his outlook and enriched his imagination.
Following national service, and a year studying Anthropology, Hill completed a Graphic Design course at the LCP. Aged thirty five, he was appointed Senior Lecturer in Graphic Design at Kingston University where he remained until his retirement. And since then, his writing has never wavered; his output continues unabated.
The First Hints of Purple is a wide-ranging collection of stories whose meticulous, elegant prose encompasses everyday experience alongside shrewd and often comic insights into human nature. Many of the tales are familiar in form whilst others comprise what Hill refers to as ‘indeterminate literary entities’. These probe beneath the surface of ordinary events in pursuit of those indefinable aspects of reality about which no convincing explanation exists.
The First Hints of Purple is a collection of tales in which subject matter, mood, length and style vary greatly. Featured at intervals, there’s a further, distinctive side to Hill’s work in which his characters meditate on the enigma of ‘time’. Indeed, mentioned repeatedly throughout the diverse and always riveting ups-and-downs of Hill’s stories, ‘time’ is a recurrent question. And it’s a question to which he wisely gives no answer! Underpinned throughout by humour, this book will appeal to established short story lovers as well as to a broader readership.
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