Ramadan Sky by Nichola Hunter

Ramadan Sky has already been published by HarperCollns in e-book format and is available at amazon online stores and other e-book outlets.

Ramadan Sky began its journey on authonomy in November 2011, and was picked up by the authonomy team and published in September 2013. My great thanks to Rachel and the whole team. You can read the first four chapters here. I do not need a backing but you may want to purchase the book if you enjoy this sample.


He is snorkelling – waving his thin arms around in the inexpert way he did in Bali – but this time he is naked and asleep, eyes shut tight, crawling like a shrimp across the crisp linen. He chats away to her in a high-pitched voice, sometimes in English and sometimes in Indonesian. She wonders whether the conversations they have when he is awake make any more sense than those when he is asleep. And what the hell she is doing here with him in this inhospitable place. The morning call to prayer rings out as he suddenly opens his eyes to find her watching him. They begin their dance without speaking, desire rising and breaking like waves while the voice outside continues to proclaim the greatness of God.

  • Classification: Moderate
  • Work is: Extract only on Authonomy
  • First submitted Dec. 4, 2011
  • Last updated Dec. 4, 2011
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  • GCleare's avatar
    GCleare wrote 6 months, 1 week ago

    Why is this book still ranked if it is already published by HC? Confusing....

    • Nichola Hunter's avatar
      Nichola Hunter Author wrote 6 months, 1 week ago

      Good question - but you are better off asking the administrators than posting it in the comments section of my book - cheers

  • Karen Eisenbrey's avatar
    Karen Eisenbrey wrote 1 year, 5 months ago
    Nichola, Thanks for putting a few chapters of Ramadan Sky back up on Authonomy. I'm sorry I missed it the first time out -- very well done and easy to see why it was picked up for publication. I like the two distinct voices of the first-person narrators. They both give realistic but different views of a gritty, colorful setting, and I can see that their stories are going to collide in interesting way. I hope you have great success ...
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  • Cyrus Hood's avatar
    Cyrus Hood wrote 1 year, 10 months ago

    Smart writing and an interesting and engaging style. The imagery is excellent and I can really taste the atmosphere- I thoroughly recommend this book to you all
    regards
    Mark

  • Nichola Hunter's avatar
    Nichola Hunter Author wrote 1 year, 12 months ago

    oh boy! how many did I say???? Thanks a million - I thought I said 99? I am going to check it right away and thanks....

    [QUOTE] Hi there.

    Just a quick heads up, assuming no one else has mentioned it, but only 99 names of Allah have been mentioned in various Islamic texts, the rest not being revealed to mankind.

    [ENDQUOTE]

  • immaculatearab 's avatar
    immaculatearab wrote 1 year, 12 months ago

    Hi there.

    Just a quick heads up, assuming no one else has mentioned it, but only 99 names of Allah have been mentioned in various Islamic texts, the rest not being revealed to mankind.

  • Raymond Crane's avatar
    Raymond Crane wrote 2 years ago

    Hi , I FOUND YOUR FIRST CHAPTER rivetting in its realism. I do not know your background but I implor you to keep writing as you do, for a voice as strong as yours should be heard against all the pretentious snobbery of ,- London for example which some people prefer to this, the true story. goodluck and best wishes !

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    Amanuensis [Retired] wrote 2 years ago

    Classy stuff. Would buy.

  • Kevin Bergeron's avatar
    Kevin Bergeron wrote 2 years, 1 month ago
    Great stuff. I very much enjoyed reading this. You do a great job getting into the mind of a young man. The voice and character of Fajar is extraordinarily well conceived and conveyed, and I absolutely believe it. I also liked the chapter told from Vic's pov. The preface indicates that some sort of a relationship will develop between these two, and I will surely buy and read the book when it comes out, because the first four chapters have ...
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  • Sebnem's avatar
    Sebnem wrote 2 years, 1 month ago
    Ramadan Sky-Nichola Hunter Hi Nicola, I've read all you have posted. This a well-writen story told in the first person by the two main characters. The first chapter is very gripping. The descriptions depict the atmosphere of Jakarta in a simple, yet quite a vivid style. The story is rather amusing. Yet, it is sad to witness how nations that practice the Islamic faith manipulate the principles of their religion to suit their ridiculous local customs. Congradulations, best wishes, Sebnem-The ...
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    Spilota [Retired] wrote 2 years, 1 month ago

    Well done! I so enjoyed this and am delighted it's being properly published. Highly recommended reading.

  • elizabethbarone's avatar
    elizabethbarone wrote 2 years, 8 months ago

    Wow.

    RAMADAN SKY had me at the title -- the word "Ramadan" told me right away that the main characters are Islamic, and I have always been captivated by Islam -- then the excerpt stole me, and then the first chapter blew me away. Hunter has a real knack for description and a talent for using words in a unique way to say normal things.

    I love what I've read so far and will definitely be reading more.

  • Helianthus's avatar
    Helianthus wrote 2 years, 8 months ago

    This is so beautiful I don't even know what to say. When I realized I was on the last chapter, I kept finding excuses to quit reading. I didn't want it to be over so soon.

  • ShirleyGrace's avatar
    ShirleyGrace wrote 2 years, 8 months ago

    Victoria:
    I read two chapters and your style is wonderful and original. I felt as though I was there with the boy and could feel what he was going through. I know that only touches in on the story but for now six stars and on W/L. I give you my word I will read more.
    Shirley Grace

  • Dean Lombardo's avatar
    Dean Lombardo wrote 2 years, 8 months ago


    Hi Victoria,
    I loved what I read. This is an absorbing tale that transported me to faraway lands and a different way of life. I'll try to circle back for more of Chapter 3 where I left off. Great job. Six stars.
    Dean Lombardo
    "Space Games"

  • Lynne Heffner Ferrante's avatar
    Lynne Heffner Ferrante wrote 2 years, 9 months ago
    You are a phenomenal writer. This is so far an awesome book. You have an almost other worldly ability to describe people, places, incidents in ways that are fresh and quirky. There is incredible veracity and empathy in your depiction of this boy and his life. I thins that this is a big winner. I will definitely back you as soon as I am able. Six stars for you. Can't wait to read the rest of the story. Lynne Heffner ...
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    arne wrote 2 years, 9 months ago

    Oh my, I love it. You have a tremendous writing style. Maybe my favorite style, it is very remenicent of Hemmingways style. I am pleasantly surprised, and happy that I picked this book to review next, of all the books on the list in the literary fiction reading club. This is unreal good.
    Arne Lash
    Pimps, Beggars, and Bones.

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    grouserock [Retired] wrote 2 years, 10 months ago
    Your style of writing is what pulled me into this story initially. But I also love the way the foreign setting comes into play, adding an interesting magic all its own. The characters and the story feel authentic and quite unique. A few things I noted: the last "were" in the first paragraph needs to be deleted. And I think there is a missing word in the sentence, "The grown-up men of the family would take him very early ......then ...
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  • David Howsam's avatar
    David Howsam wrote 2 years, 10 months ago
    Hi Victoria, I liked the story here and the comfortable and unforced manner with which you tell it. Some very subtle observations made without in any way breaking the rhythm of the narrative. Good movement between characters and POV that makes them believable and compelling. The story is tight and focused and the characterisations drawn out into real characters that do not resolve into cliche. I've never been to Jakarta but the descriptive writing was particularly evocative and gave the ...
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    rikasworld wrote 2 years, 10 months ago
    I saw this recommended on one of the threads and just popped in for a read. I think it is very professionally written, the prose is evocative and concise. I enjoyed the chapters with Fajar as narrator but was slightly thrown when the pov changed to Victoria. The voice is distinct so my only critical suggestion is maybe to signal the change a little more, I missed the small Vic at the top of the page. Maybe it's just me! ...
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  • Nichola Hunter's avatar
    Nichola Hunter Author wrote 2 years, 10 months ago
    Hi John, Thanks for your review of Ramadan Sky. I don't mind at all that it isn't your cup of tea - that's the way it goes sometimes. There are many fine books out there that don't really work for me, too. I also gave due consideration to writing from the viewpoints of Indoneisans, but made my own political decision to go ahead and do it. This very much upset one person on autho and will doubtless bother others, but ...
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