What people are saying about The Cutting Room

"...the characters feel real to me, and the story they are telling is authentic and compelling. What happened to Maggie on the set of her last blockbuster film? Why is Whittaker such a morose fellow all the time? Will the film get distribution, or languish in obscurity? And for goodness’ sake, are these two crazy kids going to make out, or what? I’m not going to tell you. But you definitely want to find out." —Alison Larabie Chase, Write on Ottawa (Apt613.ca)

"With humour and insight, Dudley tells the entertaining story of an aging starlet arriving in Ottawa for a film festival and her surprising relationship with her official driver, a former communications expert for the Prime Minister’s Office. The characters are lively and believable, and the author absolutely nails official Ottawa. This delightful novel is a gentle, thoughtful story about trust, friendship and, possibly, love."—Judges panel, 2015 Ottawa Book Awards

"A thoughtful exploration of honor, trust and middle-aged romance." —Kirkus Reviews

“Some books you enjoy because they tell a great story; others for the elegance of the prose.  The best combine the two: a compelling plot with eloquent writing.  Stewart Dudley does just that in The Cutting Room; a page-turner for its gripping narrative, thought-provoking dialogue and evocative descriptions.  Lots of delightful extras for those of us who know Ottawa’s neighbourhoods, landmarks and politics; while clearly of wider appeal as well.  I enjoyed it so much I am already looking forward to the prequel, sequel, movie and play.”—Alex Neve, Secretary  General, Amnesty International Canada

"Just finished The Cutting Room. Awesome. As an Ottawan born and bred, there is nothing like the experience of a really good story amongst the places you know best. The characters are at once real and loveable; the story has real depth; there are some unexpected twists and turns; a real page-turner. Great summer read--on my Christmas list for family and friends. Great work Stewart! Can't wait for the next one."—T. Mason

"You've crafted a phenomenal first book. I really enjoyed it. Loved all the dry wit and political culture commentary."—J.J.

“Just finished The Cutting Room and enjoyed it. Loved the internal dialogues and the seamlessness between spoken words, thoughts and narrative. Congratulations again.”—Peter McKinnon

"Thank you for writing such a wonderful book, Stewart. I can’t remember the last time I (figuratively) curled up with a good book and devoured it the way I was able to today. I luxuriated in the opportunity. An interesting and reflective story… I thoroughly enjoyed it.”—Terry K.

"I so enjoyed this book. It has lingered with me long after moving on to other reads. The Cutting Room really resonates with that particular stage of life when we are confronted by all the personal and professional choices we made and where they have landed us. Oh right, that's middle age! I like the way you both poke fun at and celebrate our mid-life years.”—J.B.

"Finished the book. It was fabulous. Loved both the main characters: quiet heroes speaking their truths. Thanks for the read!"—A. Barewal

"Your book was pretty f---ing excellent. You've created an immensely engaging novel in the which the story and pace are enriched by your obvious comfort with the written word. The Cutting Room was a joy to read and I will happily recommend it, even if I cannot decide whether I love or hate the fact that the word "obstreperous" does make an appearance."—M.D.

"Just a quick shot over your bows to tell you what a great read your book is. I LOVE it. The sustained understatement is a joy. Evokes the same feelings I used to get from the naturalistic novels of the fifties. John Braine and Alan Sillitoe come to mind first. The unstated and lurking realization is that nature is indifferent to human joy and suffering, yet people go on making choices as though there were a higher purpose. Much more when I finish, but I didn't want to wait any longer to let you know the pleasure your work is giving me." —B. Hanington

"I recently finished The Cutting Room and must tell you how much I enjoyed it. It’s a well-crafted story with pithy dialogue and thoughtful reflection. The characters are rich and distinctive. I enjoyed feeling a personal attachment to the location, milieu and characters, particularly Jeff. A truly remarkable achievement from a first-time novelist." —T.P.