The Tugen and the Toot
The Missing Moon*
Rain and Other Stories*
A Standard of Verse*
The Way to Write (with John Fairfax)*
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Mai (the extended and revised version of Mai's Wedding)
SM and the Fabrication of Gold
Of his novel, The Missing Moon, poet and critic Roger Garfitt wrote:
'Eloquent and uproarious, carrying a great deal of learning
lightly, and conveying, almost incidentally, an intense awareness
of nature....Out of timeless materials - friendship, the rhythms
of nature, the obsessions of poetry - John Moat has made a book
whose wisdom is ancient, grave, but imperturbably light of heart.
Anyone who is becoming a little nervous of the 20th century should
obtain a copy at once.'
From Nick Stimpson's foreword to Rain and other Short Stories:
'We find princesses, poets and painters, wandering monks and
mystics, farmers and emperors in these pages. And what have they
got in common? Transformation. We're so used to controlling art,
framing it, naming it, writing it off. But these stories refuse
to be pinned down. They burn bright and they are confident in their
own telling. They know what a good tale is and they know they've
got something worth saying. I hope, like me, you're lucky enough
to read them and having read them, look up and realise that you
and the world around you has shifted a little.'
Ted Hughes about Mai's Wedding:
'It's a great test of the writing, but in a narrative style
where the movement is slow - shadow of Patrick White almost - and
with a jungle profusion of atmospheric tendrils and wafts and odours,
I never felt any page was too long. The very full accounts of moments
and details and fleeting awarenesses somehow justify themselves.
One's eye never lifts from what seems to be an actuality - very
present and very urgent. Surely that's what good writing is.'
Naomi Lewis reviewing Bartonwood:
'What an interesting, fascinating, strange and magical book...People,
adult or child who enjoy The River Boy and The Sword in the Stone
and Kingsley (Westcountry ambiance), and The Crock of Gold and The
Midnight Folk and T F Powys and Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard
and many more in this thrilling line, are the ones to read this