Fusing the ghost story with sharp, psychological insight, this is a brilliant and timely novel about loneliness, buried secrets and the havoc they play on the mind from Booker-shortlisted author Carol Birch.
Did you hear? Big landslip over by Ercol. Last night.
The road into Gully’s closed off. They found a body. Got police tape.
All that stuff. They only do that for murder, don’t they? Murder!A body has been uncovered in a mudslide just outside the village of Andwiston. In the pub they talk of murder, but Dan – sometime mechanic, constant drunk – is finding it hard to sift through his jumbled memories.
Watching him from the dark is Lorna, a lost soul living in the woods, haunted by ghosts and a vision from her childhood: a cold boy standing alone in Gallinger’s field.
Praise for Carol Birch:’A naturally literary writer who can, with a simple image, evoke the deepest emotion’ GUARDIAN’Her prose has an irresistible vigour … her words sing on the page’ FINANCIAL TIMES