Newly widowed Cora Seabourne leaves London for deepest Essex accompanied by her socialist friend and autistic son, aiming for a new start. They soon hear the "strange news out of Essex", a folk tale apparently come to life; a winged serpent that roams the estuary, terrorizing the locals and darkening the mood of the village. In her practical quest to uncover what she believes to be an as yet undiscovered species, she meets the village rector, William Ransome and they develop an intense connection, as much sparked by attraction as it is fuelled by their opposing beliefs. Perry skillfully narrates an unusual love story, an atmospheric narrative crammed with myth, superstition, passion and rising hysteria. An immediate page-turner.
A thoughtfully kaleidoscopic and deeply researched exploration of the many radical characters connected with Epping Forest, from poet John Clare to sculptor Jacob Epstein to the punk band Crass. Will Ashon weaves a thread between them that reveals serendipitous similarities, irrelevant of century; they are outlaws, poets, mystics, sometimes undefinable and often misunderstood. Personal, down to earth, fascinating.
Published by Granta on April 6th, 2017
This beautifully written and subtly poetic novel spans 1960s New York and present day Berlin. Buchanan writes about the outsider experience, the meaning of family and the inheritance of pain. Treading the fine line between attachment and abandonment, the main character Yuki grapples with the notion of home and the impossibility of belonging as she makes a life for herself with not much tethering her to anywhere.
Published by Hodder & Stoughton on August 11th, 2016