Powerful, illuminating, and deeply relevant, this book tells the story of a family torn apart, confronting difficult truths that are never as simple as headlines demand. A brilliant and difficult new book from the author of Burnt Shadows.
A surprise inclusion on the Booker shortlist, this is an atmospheric and intimate debut portraying a three-person close-knit, motherless family living as outsiders in rural West Yorkshire. Mozley's quiet yet powerful novel contains echoes of Lawrence, Hardy and Forster as it explores the moral right to land, violence and loyalty, and the injustices served against the working class by landowners, making it a book that feels all too familiar for our time. Strongly recommended.
Published by John Murray on 10th August 2017
Psychologically astute and easy to get absorbed in, this Booker-shortlisted debut from Emily Fridlund is unexpected and unconventional as a coming of age story. Narrated by a teenage girl living in the remnants of a failed commune on the edge of a lake, she inhabits a matter of fact kind of solitude. The plot unfolds as she befriends a young family who have moved in next door and through her perspective, the book explores loneliness, trust, male power and parenting as indoctrination.