Chapters/Indigo Best Books, 2012, Commended, In the Orchard, the Swallows.
Guardian Books of the Year, 2012, Commended, In the Orchard, the Swallows.
... this slim novel is dense with hope and heartbreak
- Montreal Review of Books
... exquisite ... this is simple yet breathtaking storytelling.
- Globe and Mail
A honed, elegant work of casual audacity ... perfect ...
"...In the Orchard, the Swallows is a literary experience of rare power. "
- Montreal Gazette
... poetic ... the politics of this book can not be ignored ...
- Telegraph Journal
Hobbs writes with clarity and purity, able to detail the horrors of his protagonist’s torture as convincingly as he can describe the beauty of a garden.
... tender, graceful but devastating ... Hobbs's gravely luminous prose delivers scenes of breath-catching beauty -- or horror.
This perfectly cut jewel of a book speaks of the indomitability of the human heart and of the salvation of the imagination when nothing else remains.
- Financial Times
In fine, burnished prose, Hobbs takes the reader on a beautiful, often painful, journey of a young man's doomed yearning for love ... I immensely enjoyed this fine novel.
... achingly moving ... Hobbs makes beautiful writing look simple; his sentences are clean, spare, unladen with excess baggage, and yet they shine like jewels ... this is a simple tale, beautifully told.
Like the story itself, the style is simple and straightforward and packs a powerful punch. Beautifully crafted, tender and very, very moving.
- Daily Mail