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Tobias Hill

Tobias Hill most recent volume of verse is Midnight in the City of Clocks. Skin, a book of short stories, was published earlier this year by Faber.

Poem: ‘The Pilot in Winter’

Tobias Hill, 13 November 1997

In a remote coastal town to the south-west of Corinth is the grave-site of Norman MacKay. In accordance with Greek Christian Orthodoxy, his bones have been dug up, washed with wine and laid in a box the length of his thigh-bone. The townspeople believe MacKay dropped the atom bomb on Hiroshima from the B29 ‘Enola Gay’ on the morning of 6 August 1945. There is no record of a Norman...

Tobias Hill

Thomas Jones, 21 August 2003

At 750 °C, a diamond will burn. It combusts perfectly, leaving no residue, no ash. That the world’s hardest substance should be so vulnerable to flames is startling; who would have...

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