A captivating, magical and haunting debut novel of breathtaking imagination, from the winner of the 2014 Costa Short Story Award
LONGLISTED FOR THE 2019 INTERNATIONAL DYLAN THOMAS PRIZE
‘That rare thing: genuinely unique’ OBSERVER
‘Will win you over … Magical’ THE TIMES
‘Absolutely stunning. I loved it’ MADELINE MILLER, AUTHOR OF CIRCE
On the remote island of Neverness, the villagers’ lives are entwined with nature: its enchantments, seductions and dangers.
There is May, the young fiddler who seeks her musical spirit; Madden Lightfoot, who flies with red kites; and Verlyn Webbe, born with a wing for an arm. Over the course of a generation, their desires, gossip and heartbreak interweave to create a staggeringly original world, crackling with echoes of ancient folklore.