Hayley Chewins

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Hayley Chewins grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, in a house so full of books that she learnt to read by accident. The second eldest of four daughters, she sang incessantly as a child. So incessantly, in fact, that she was sent to lessons twice a week in the interests of household peace. Hayley studied classical voice for a year before switching to a degree in English Literature and Italian. She lives in Johannesburg, South Africa, in a house full of art and music and color, with her husband and a very small poodle. She believes in two things above all else: the magic of love, and the heroism of sisters. Her debut novel, THE TURNAWAY GIRLS, will release from Candlewick and Walker Books in autumn 2018.

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Hayley Chewins Karou and Akiva from Laini Taylor's DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE series. Like, without a single doubt in my mind. I love them because Laini Taylor wrote…moreKarou and Akiva from Laini Taylor's DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE series. Like, without a single doubt in my mind. I love them because Laini Taylor wrote them in such a sensitive, vulnerable, devastatingly beautiful way. My heart still flutters when I think about it. (less)
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A few years ago, I went to see Patrick Ness talk at the Bath Children’s Literature Festival. Someone in the audience asked him for writing advice, and he said, “Have something in your life that isn’t writing. Whether it’s knitting, or running marathons, or playing video games. Have something in your life that isn’t writing.”I didn’t really understand the importance of this advice until... Read more of this blog post »
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Hayley Chewins voted for The Testaments as Best Fiction in the Opening Round of the 2019 Goodreads Choice Awards.
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Everything in Its Place by Oliver Sacks
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Poignant and poetic, this book felt like a gift that came to me at the exact moment I needed it. Simply beautiful.
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Franz Kafka
“I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound or stab us. If the book we're reading doesn't wake us up with a blow to the head, what are we reading for? So that it will make us happy, as you write? Good Lord, we would be happy precisely if we had no books, and the kind of books that make us happy are the kind we could write ourselves if we had to. But we need books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us. That is my belief.”
Franz Kafka

Laini Taylor
“It was impossible, of course. But when did that ever stop any dreamer from dreaming.”
Laini Taylor, Strange the Dreamer

Kim Gordon
“People pay money to see others believe in themselves.”
Kim Gordon




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