Author Interview: Clive Hindle


Hello Clive welcome to The Solitary Bookworm. Tell us about you and how you started in writing.

I believe that the desire to write first came to me in my teens. When I was at university I intended to become a poet because of the influence of Basil Bunting.

Name 3 authors who inspired you to pursue a career in writing.

Historically, I would have to say John Fowles, Alain Fournier and Ezra Pound, possibly in that chronological order. Now I would add W.G. Sebald, Roberto Bolano and Cormac McCarthy. I would like to include more women in that but I guess I am a natural adventure writer and that tends to be masculine, although the really catalytic strong characters in my books are often women. I think Emily Dickinson may be the greatest poet I have read, although the present poet laureate is brilliant (Carol Ann Duffy). Sylvia Plath also. I can take any volume of Jane Austen anywhere any time even though we are worlds apart in interests. Goodness, I am startng a lexicon here.

Asides enjoying the life of being an author, how does your usual day go?

I have my hands full with my own law firm. I have done some cutting edge cases in my time and the day job informs and colours a lot of my literary work. The job has also brought me into conflict from time to time with authority and makes me question hierarchy and the exercise and even the concept of power.

What did you expect when you started your first novel? Any difference today?

I became a prose writer in my 20′s and I had some some ideas for complicated plots but in those days they were too complicated to bring to to a proper conclusion. I still have those original books and I want to go back to them. I still have this tendency to start a book as if blowing on hot coals and then seeing how the flames dance. They don’t always move as I intend and can take on a life of their own. I am perhaps more disciplined now and can handle this process.

eBooks are dominating the market today, how do you see the print industry today?

I think it is astonishing how technology has taken off in the book trade. I didn’t really envisage it ever taking the place of the book and I still feel there will be a place for paper for many years to come. Just as technology has revolutionized and in many ways democratized the music industry I see the same happening in literature. The sheer magnitude of choice now in reading materials is, however, a challenge in itself and I think any writer has to think very carefully about whether he or she has anything to add to that mass of work. It can make you feel humble and lose self-confidence but in the same way it can inspire you.

Speaking of print and eBooks, what do you prefer more?

When I travel the Ebook is a godsend – light to carry and it contains the equivalent of the Lit and Phil. At home I prefer a paper book. I can see the Ebook overtaking the paperback before it does the the hardback.

Where do you get your ideas for a book?

My books usually contain more than one plot – usually three but they are not necessarily equal. One of them will come to me more or less as the Lord’s day will come and then the others will almost naturally, almost automatically, thread in.

Tell me about your work. In 1 sentence, what makes The Eighth Square different?

The Eighth Square appears as a crime thriller seen from a lawyer’s perspective but is also a psychological thriller, an adventure story and a romance rolled into one.

Any work progress?

I have three more “Jack” books (Jack Lauder being the lawyer in 8) either complete or nearly there (I sometimes leave them for a lengthy period of time) and 4 other books completed. I have about another 6 non-Jack books in various stages of completion not to mention the three I started in my twenties and really need to go back to.

Thank you for joining us Clive but before you go, where can the readers find you?

The Eighth Square is with Janus and of course on Amazon. Similarly The Lawyer’s Tale I published with Troubador some years ago but it is also still available on Amazon. A semi-autobiographical work called Dark Side Crossing was published with Authorhouse and is also available on Amazon.

The Eighth Square
By Clive Hindle
Lawyer pens intriguing thriller

This is a relatively short book of some 220 pages, but there is quite a lot of ground covered in terms of the plot which certainly did not feel at all light weight. It is clear that Hardinger was a ruthless businessman of almost Robert Maxwellian proportions. Jack comes across as rather tenacious, but has been clearly sucked into a complex situation about which he is really rather naïve – Brett H, Amazon Top 50 reviewer.

I liked this book. I liked Jack. He is what kept me going in this book. The story is complicated with many twists and turns

- Kay’s Book Reviews

It’s a good psychological thriller, set in interesting terrain, and I’m glad I got the opportunity to read it

- Sadie Forsythe.

Title: The Eight Square
Author: Clive Hindle
Pages: 231
Publisher: Janus Publishing Company Limited
ISBN: 1857567315

Jack Lauder, a man of simple pleasures, was a successful lawyer who enjoyed nothing more than climbing in the mountains and a good old competitive game of chess. But he is about to be dragged into a deadly world of deception, where truth and fiction become inseparable, and the life he knew will be changed forever.

The battle for his sanity begins when his wife, Rachel dies after a tragic climbing accident during a snowstorm. He found it hard to mourn her loss because her body was never recovered. Now, the question of her existence taunts him as she continues to appear before him. His sense of reality is on the verge of collapse, but right now that is the least of his worries …

Somebody has a very personal vendetta against Jack and he must put all the pieces of the puzzle together to figure out why he is being framed. He finds himself caught up in a web of drug-smuggling and murder. In a haze of confusion, Jack will have to think several moves ahead to survive this hostile game against an opponent who will stop at nothing until Jack is annihilated.

Purchase Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Successful lawyer Jack Lauder is rather puzzled when he is commissioned to tie up the UK assets of his former friend Sir Vincent Haringer’s estate. Jack and the entrepreneur adventurer were once close friends, however of late Jack, although always loyal, had felt the need to distance himself from Vince’s often dubious affairs especially when a key witness in a libel case Vince was involved in dies suspiciously.

It all seems simple enough and Jack makes his way to the cliff edge priory on St Cuthbert’s Isles to begin cataloging Vince’s collection of rare books and manuscripts. A couple honeymooning on St Cuthbert’s Isles immediately attract Jack’s attention. Something doesn’t fit? Their behaviour is odd and what is the purpose of their early morning rendezvous with a fishing boat and low flying small plane.

People from Jack’s past life as Vince’s lawyer begin to crop up inexplicably and a strange series of coincidences indicate that this is not a simple assignment but a game of chess where the faceless players are always one move ahead.Jack, once a man of simple pleasures, who enjoyed nothing more than climbing in the mountains and a good old game of chess is dragged into a deadly world of deception, where truth and fiction become inseparable, and the life he knew will be changed forever.

And why does Rachel, Jack’s former wife who died in a climbing accident begin to haunt him in dreams and visions. Did he really see her in Nijmegan? Her body was never recovered after all. . His sense of reality is on the verge of collapse, but that is the least of his worries; caught up in a web of drug-smuggling and murder, Jack will have to think several moves ahead to survive this hostile game against an opponent who will stop at nothing until Jack is annihilated.

It seems Vince never forgave Jack, for what he imagined as disloyalty. Did Vince set set up a series of intricate traps to lure Jack into, to discredit, humiliate and ultimately destroy him. Is Harry, Vince’s brother orchestrating this game now Vince is dead?

Jack finds himself pursued by corrupt cops and the NE England version of the Mob as he picks through the interlaced strands of the two cases he has been lured into by this implacable opponent.

The Eighth Square starts in fourth gear and the author keeps his foot on the gas throughout. The various sub plots knit together with precision. Hindle uses his knowledge in the fields of aviation, mountaineering, chess, astronomy and sailing to inform his imagery and his plot in a fascinating way.

Hindle makes the North East of England come alive with his vibrant descriptions of the various locations including the intriguing St Cuthbert’s Isles.

Great characters, original plotting, steady pace and an excellent drip feed of the back story make this a enjoyable and involving read, with a sensational twist in the tail.


Clive Hindle is a lawyer with his own practice in Newcastle. Clive was an active mountaineer, fencer and tournament chess player for many years. Clive has worked in the Attorney Generals Chambers in Hong Kong where he was involved at a time of turbulent change in some of the most high profile cases of the then Crown Colony’s recent history. He returned to the North East in 1978 and set up his own firm in North Shields.

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Mary Grace

An avid reader who enjoys the company of books than her friends. Goes through everyday as a work slave by trade but in reality, works just to sustain her addiction with books. A busy bee who perfected the act of procrastination. Loves the smell of coffee but favors tea anytime of the day.

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