Quill & Quire: The third novel from Rosie Chard is a potent but entertaining commentary on our modern surveillance society.


Betty Jane Hegerat, author of The Boy and Running Toward Home: “The tension never falters; secrets, enigmatic neighbours, revulsion and fear surround a uniquely dysfunctional family. I do believe Rosie Chard has created a new sub-genre: Neo-Gothic Garden Mystery.”

Todd Longstaffe-Gowan, author of The London Square: gardens in the midst of town. Gardens Advisor, Historical Royal Palaces, London:  “A captivating, witty and beautifully written novel, which probes the quirks and foibles of the English psyche.”

Publishers Weekly:  “Blood feuds and family secrets boil under the respectable surface of 1960s small town England in Chard’s second novel … While the lead up is long, readers who persevere are rewarded with a satisfying and well-crafted dénouement.”

Rick MacDonell-AnotherBookBlog. “With Rosie Chard’s The Insistent Garden, reviewers will inevitably hang upon some of the novel’s broader concepts: familial strife, mental illness, the death of a loved one, gothic mysteries, rebellion, and the list goes on. This is the stuff readers can really attach themselves to, these are those catchy words and phrases that sell books. The Insistent Garden has all of these elements and more—each one of them worth your price of admission—but for me, the novel’s selling point is a small, quiet moment during the novel’s crescendo, when its heroine, Edith Stoker, says, “Something was happening. But I did not know what it was.”

Margaret Thompson -The Coastal Spectator. “This is a quiet novel, restrained as its narrator, but it has many subtle pleasures.”

Laura Frey-Reading in Bed. “The Insistent Garden is, at first glance, a quiet, contained book, but it contains so much: Coming of age, sexual awakening, mental illness, poetry, and family secrets. Grab a blanket and a cup of tea – it’s a perfect read for the colder days ahead. Edith’s story eventually picks up into a murder mystery, and I found myself flipping ahead pages to make sure she was okay.  My complaints about The Insistent Garden are mostly related to wanting to know more.”


Liz Jensen, author of The Rapture:  “A stunning drama of extreme weather, courage, cowardice, and one teenage boy’s urgent journey to manhood in a city turned death trap. Told in clear and thrilling prose, Rosie Chard’s debut is a gripping, tense, and deeply fulfilling story, which marks her as a writer to watch.

Sue Karp-Vue Weekly. Edmonton:  “Rosie Chard’s debut novel is an icy, tense page-turner. Writing with a brittle clarity that leaves no shadows for hiding, Chard has woven a starkly inviting tale of courage and desperation that demonstrates the oft-disturbing range of actions the human animal is capable of.”

Wayne Tefs, author of Be Wolf:  “Featuring a well-defined sense of place, characters at once unusual and believable, and a plot with compelling pace, Seal Intestine Raincoat is a tale of ordinary suffering and a testament to the human capacity for survival and triumph.”

Meeka Walsh, editor, Border Crossings:  “This timely novel, which focuses on our increasingly tenuous relationship with the environment is written from the eyes-open, fresh-gazed perspective of a newcomer to Canada. There is a fullness in Rosie Chard’s observations, a generosity toward her characters, and precision in her use of language. Seal Intestine Raincoat is a highly engaging first book.”

Jury comments Alberta Book Publishers Association:  “The winning book in this category is a riveting and beautifully written story echoed by thoughtful, clear, and appealing design and production.”

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