25th July 2015
STAR TRIBUNE

"The twisting plot hinges on secrets and lies and covers 23 years."

Read the review here.



24th July 2015
THE LADY

This Week I'm Reading...

Jenny Eclair reveals all here.



22nd July 2015
KIRKUS

Polly talks to Alex Heimbach.

Read the interview here.



21st July 2015
WANDERING BARK HUMANITIES

"By the end of the first section, I was hooked."

Read the review here.



21st July 2015
QUARTZ

Never be lost for words.

Read the interview here.



21st July 2015
LARGE HEARTED BOY

Polly's music playlist for The Kindness.

See it here.



19th July 2015
SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

"The Kindness turns home sweet home into paradise lost."

Read the review here.



8th July 2015
MUMSNET

Summer Reads.

See the list here.



5th July 2015
THE SUNDAY TIMES

Summer Books.

See the clipping here.



22nd May 2015
TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

"The ultimate plot twist is a genuine shock."

Read the review here.



29th March 2015
THE OBSERVER

"A sensuous tale of family tragedy."

Read the review here.



28th March 2015
WEST COUNTRY LIFE

"A chilling finale."

Read the review here.



28th March 2015
IRISH EXAMINER

"Kindness endures."

Read the interview here.



27th March 2015
THE LADY

Book of the Week: "A compulsive read."

Read the review here.



23rd March 2015
THE TELEGRAPH

"Gorgeously sensuous."

Read the review here.



22nd March 2015
THE OBSERVER

On my radar: Polly Samson's cultural highlights.

Read about them here.



22nd March 2015
SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

My day on a plate.

Read about it here.



22nd March 2015
SUNDAY EXPRESS

"Exquisite...mesmerising...impressive."

Read the review here.



21st March 2015
THE TIMES

"Under-the-skin storytelling."

Read the review here.



21st March 2015
THE ARGUS

Polly Samson on "the best thing" she has ever done.

Read the interview here.



17th March 2015
THE INDEPENDENT

"One of the things that makes Samson such a skilled writer is that she presumes intelligence in her readers."

Read the review here.



16th March 2015
TATLER (April 2015)

"A compelling story."

Read the review here.



16th March 2015
GLAMOUR (April 2015)

"Samson's prose is dazzlingly evocative."

Read the review here.



15th March 2015
THE MAIL ON SUNDAY

"Beautifully written and plotted with serpentine cunning."

Read the review here.



14th March 2015
THE IRISH TIMES

"Polly Samson's trouble and strife.

Read about it here.



14th March 2015
THE INDEPENDENT

"Parental loss told as a twisty-turny thriller."

Read the review here.



13th March 2015
EVENING STANDARD

The Kindness is Launched.

Read about it here. View photographs from Rex Features here.



13th March 2015
THE TELEGRAPH

"My parents only got married because no one else would have me as a bridesmaid."

Read the interview here.



13th March 2015
FINANCIAL TIMES

"A novel whose elegant plot revolves around the damage inflicted by good intentions."

Read the review here.



12th March 2015
THE INDEPENDENT

One Minute With... Polly Samson, Novelist.

Read the Q&As here.



11th March 2015
FRONT ROW

Polly was interviewed by Kirsty Lang on BBC Radio 4's Front Row programme.

Listen to the interview here.



9th March 2015
METRO

"A mature and haunting novel."

Read the review here.



8th March 2015
YOU MAGAZINE

"A compelling, insightfully told tale..."

Read the interview and an extract from 'The Kindness' here.



8th March 2015
THE SUNDAY TIMES (MAGAZINE)

Paternal Leave: Polly Samson traces the heartbreak that has echoed through her family for generations.

Read the feature here.



8th March 2015
THE SUNDAY TIMES (CULTURE)

"The Kindness is cumulatively addictive: intriguing, cleverly structured, lyrical without pretension and thoroughly engrossing."

Read the review here.



8th March 2015
SUNDAY MIRROR

"Samson writes beautifully."

Read the review here.



7th March 2015
THE GUARDIAN

"Polly Samson: 'It's the most gleeful sort of writing there is'."

Read the interview here.



6th March 2015
DAILY MAIL

"Samson is a richly sensory writer."

Read the review here.



27th February 2015
RED (April 2015)

The Wordsmith.

Read the Q&A here.



26th February 2015
WOMAN & HOME (April 2015)

"A razor sharp dissection of a relationship, this is exquisitely written and plotted."

Read the review here.



26th February 2015
MARIE CLAIRE (April 2015)

"A powerful love story."

Read the review here.



22nd February 2015
THE DEBRIEF: BOOKS TO GET EXCITED ABOUT THIS SPRING

"Its beauty on a scene by scene basis keeps you reading with a magnetic power."

Read the article here.



14th January 2015
HARPER'S BAZAAR: BOOKS OF 2015

"March sees an abundance of beautiful writing..."

Read the article here.



3rd January 2015
THE INDEPENDENT: THE BOOKS OF 2015

"A gorgeously chilling novel."

Read the article here.



1st January 2015
BBC NEWS: BOOKS IN 2015

"Noteworthy second novels to look out for..."

Read more here.



6th December 2014
PREVIEW OF 'THE KINDNESS': THE BOOKSELLER

"A gem of a novel."

Read more here.



21st November 2014
THE INDEPENDENT

Is working with literary giants on lyrics a tried and tested formula?

Read the article here.



17th November 2014
THE GUARDIAN

Writers' rock: what happens when authors become lyricists.

Read the article here.



18th May 2014
THE TELEGRAPH

The irresistible rise of the short story.

Read the article here.



18th March 2012
REVIEW: BOOK GEEKS

"Samson manages to avoid the heavy, too quirky tone that a lot of short story collections can take..."

Read the full review here.



18th November 2011
REVIEW: DAILY EXPRESS

"An appealing read that confirms Polly Samson as a mistress of prose."

Read the full review here.



6th November 2011
PAPERBACK OF THE WEEK: THE OBSERVER

"Samson is a deft writer, and each story adds depth and subtlety to those that precede it."

Read the full review here.



29th OCTOBER 2011
TODAY'S GUARDIAN

The Guardian is giving away a 128-page book, which includes Polly's 'The Man Who Fell' and short stories by Margaret Atwood, Rose Tremain, Audrey Niffenegger, and William Trevor.


13th August 2011
REVIEW (LYING IN BED): PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"Haunting and satisfying..."

Read the full review here.



28th June 2011
REVIEW & INTERVIEW: THE SHORT REVIEW

"The stories in this collection successfully contort the myth of so-called 'perfect lives' into something everyone of us can recognize."

Read the full review by Michelle Reale here.

This issue of The Short Review also features an interview with Polly, which you can read here.



10th June 2011
REVIEW ('THE DOLL'): THE INDEPENDENT

"Introduced with elegant clarity by Polly Samson."

Read the full review here.



21st May 2011
REVIEW: THE GUARDIAN

"Cleverly interlinking stories."

Read the full review here.



14th May 2011
REVIEW ('THE DOLL'): THE SPECTATOR

"Buy it too for the perceptive introduction by Polly Samson, one of our best contemporary short-story writers, who has something new to say about du Maurier – quite a feat in itself."

Read the full review here.



1st May 2011
REVIEW: THE SUNDAY TIMES

Read the review here.


29th April 2011
REVIEW: THE INDEPENDENT

"Samson's prose is by turns simple, lyrical and painterly, creating sudden, vivid pictures with a few
deft strokes."

Read the full review here.



4th April 2011
INTERVIEW: THE DAILY BEAST

Polly Samson talks about the nature of perfection in her new book, her attempt to master the piano, and how her songwriting and fiction-writing are invariably linked.

Read the interview here.



22nd March 2011
18 BOOKS TO WATCH FOR IN APRIL 2011: OPRAH.COM

Polly Samson's 'Perfect Lives' is one of Oprah's '18 Books to Watch for in April 2011'.

Read more here.



14th March 2011
READING ROOM: O, THE OPRAH MAGAZINE

News - O, The Oprah Magazine

Polly Samson's 'Perfect Lives' has been selected for Oprah's Reading Room in the April issue of
'O, The Oprah Magazine', which is published today.

Read about it here.



7th March 2011
REVIEW: PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"Samson's deft touch balances pathos, love, and humor, providing an absorbing look into very real contemporary lives."

Read the full review here.



27th February 2011
INTERVIEW: FOYLES

Polly Samson on the publication of her latest short story collection, 'Perfect Lives'.

Read the interview here.



20th February 2011
THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

Newly rediscovered tales by Daphne du Maurier are acclaimed as 'gothic, suspenseful and macabre'.

Read more here.



18th February 2011
REVIEW: HARPER'S BAZAAR HOT LIST

"A thoughtful, riveting collection of intertwined stories of love, loss and keeping up appearances."

Read the full review here.



9th February 2011
REVIEW: NEW STATESMAN

"Intensely satisfying."

Read the full review here.



30th January 2011
ON MY RADAR: THE OBSERVER

Edward Hall's Cultural Highlights.

Read them here.



13th January 2011
BOOK LAUNCH: VOGUE

Vogue party pictures from launch (all hideous).

See them here.



13th January 2011
COLUMN: KATE MORRIS

Kate Morris finds Perfect Lives "bittersweet and exquisite" in her Times column.

Read the column here.



12th January 2011
FIRST US REVIEW: ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

"Dreamy, evocative prose."

Read the full review here.



8th January 2011
REVIEW: THE TABLET

"A sharpness of observation and a depth of emotion."

Read the full review here.



5th January 2011
FEATURED AUTHOR: NEW BOOKS

Polly Samson looks back on the origin of The Egg...

Read the feature here.



24th December 2010
REVIEW: BIDISHA

"At the end of this word perfect, clever, cruel and beautifully curated selection, I am certain of two things. I will never marry. And I will always read Polly Samson."

Read the full review here.



22nd December 2010
BOOKS OF THE YEAR: THE SPECTATOR

"Polly Samson's new collection of short stories, Perfect Lives, is terrific."

Read the review here.



20th December 2010
WHAT I'M READING: UNTITLED BOOKS

Read the interview here.


8th December 2010
REVIEW: ELLE

"Utterly engrossing...a concise but affecting literary treat."

Read the full review here.



6th December 2010
REVIEW: WATERSTONES BOOKS QUARTERLY

"Sumptuous...a collection to take time over and savour."

Read the full review here.



4th December 2010
REVIEW: THE TELEGRAPH

Read the review here.


4th December 2010
CRITICAL EYE: THE GUARDIAN

"Exquisite stories."

Read in full here.



29th November 2010
REVIEW: NEW STATESMAN

"Intensely satisfying."

Read the full review here.



29th November 2010
DAILY MAIL

Read the article here.


28th November 2010
THE SUNDAY TIMES

Read the article here.


28th November 2010
BOOKS OF THE YEAR: THE SUNDAY TIMES "FICTION CHOICE"

Read the review here.


28th November 2010
REVIEW: THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

"Dazzling collection."

Read the full review here.



27th November 2010
REVIEW: THE SPECTATOR

"Perfect Lives has been worth the ten-year wait."

Read the full review here.



26th November 2010
REVIEW: TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

"A pleasurable form...finely tuned."

Read the full review here.



26th November 2010
REVIEW: DAILY MAIL

"Smooth, self-contained narratives sit together like pebbles on a beach."

Read the full review here.



25th November 2010
BOOKS OF THE YEAR: EVENING STANDARD

Read the review here.


21st November 2010
REVIEW: THE OBSERVER

"Perfect Lives confirms Samson's reputation as a significant chronicler of contemporary life."

Read the full review here.



20th November 2010
BOOKS OF THE YEAR: THE TELEGRAPH REVIEW

"A life-enhancing treat of a book."

Read more here.



19th November 2010
REVIEW: THE INDEPENDENT

"Polly Samson's short stories have a light touch. They are funny, too."

Read the full review here.



17th November 2010
REVIEW: STYLIST

"Makes the mundane interesting by focusing on slight changes in mood, to reveal things aren't always as they seem. Thought-provoking."

Read the full review here.



14th November 2010
PERFECT LIVES CHOSEN BY SUNDAY TIMES AS A 'MUST READ'

Click here to read more.


13th November 2010
BOOKS OF THE YEAR: THE SPECTATOR

Read the review here.


12th November 2010
FEATURE: TATLER

Click here to read.


12th November 2010
REVIEW: PSYCHOLOGIES MAGAZINE

"It feels like life, and Samson captures that with some beautiful writing."

Read the full review here.



12th November 2010
INTERVIEW: THE INDEPENDENT

Click here to read.


12th November 2010
REVIEW: EASY LIVING

"Polly Samson is the mistress of brilliantly drawn characters."

Read the full review here.



8th November 2010
COMMENT: EVENING STANDARD

Click here to read.


8th November 2010
COVER STORY: THE LADY

News - The Lady - Click to Enlarge.

Polly Samson's 'Perfect Lives' is the cover story of this week's 'The Lady', which is published today and available to download here.



7th November 2010
REVIEW: THE SUNDAY TIMES

"Original and compelling."

Read the full review here.



7th November 2010
INTERVIEW: THE OBSERVER

"Subtle and complex; an echo chamber of cause and effect, and art and life, and life and loss."

Click here to read the interview by Carole Cadwalladr.



6th November 2010
REVIEW: THE GUARDIAN

"Lyrical...lush and sensuous."

Read the full review here.



6th November 2010
REVIEW: THE TIMES

"Samson is a gifted writer with an eye for startling images."

Read the full review here.



5th November 2010
REVIEW: DAILY EXPRESS

"Beautiful, poetic writing."

Read the full review here.



4th November 2010
REVIEW: EVENING STANDARD

"Magnificently tender, caustic and thrillingly filthy."

Read the full review here.



3rd November 2010
REVIEW: METRO

"An exuberance running wild here, turning these bleakly comic, imperfect lives into something oddly uplifting."

Read the full review here.



1st November 2010
FOYLES BOOK OF THE MONTH

"Samson's writing is as effortlessly elegant as Kazuo Ishiguro or Hilary Mantel at their best."

Read more here.



31st October 2010
REVIEW: MARIE CLAIRE

"Samson's tone is pitch perfect, as bracing and invigorating as her seaside setting."

Read the full review here.



30th October 2010
REVIEW: FINANCIAL TIMES

"This is a masterly book, and it's impossible not to start all over again the minute you finish reading it."

Read the full review here.



8th October 2010
AESTHETICA INTERVIEW

Polly is interviewed in Issue 37 of art and culture magazine Aesthetica, which is out now.


22nd August 2010
FEATURE INTERVIEW FROM THE BOOKSELLER MAGAZINE

Click here to read the interview by Charlotte Williams.


6th August 2010
PERFECT LIVES PICKED UP BY BOOKSELLERS AS 'BEST READ'

"A particular pleasure... entirely her own... distinct tone."
Rodney Troubridge, Waterstone's

"Less a collection of stories, more of a novel... poignant, surprising and often humorous."
Ruth Hunter, Bertrams

"Stories pick you up by the scruff of the neck and shake you free from comfy unchallenging fiction.
Poignant and funny."

Patrick Neale, Jaffé and Neale Bookshop and Café

 
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