Elmet (Paperback)
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Paperback 320 Pages
Published: 08/03/2018
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Waterstones Says

An atmospheric story of family and community at odds, this Booker shortlisted debut is red in tooth and claw. Hailed as a ‘quiet explosion of a book, exquisite and unforgettable’ by the Economist.

Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2018

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017

Shortlisted for the Sunday Times Peters Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year 2018

An unforgettable novel about family, as well as a beautiful meditation on landscape.

Daniel is heading north. He is looking for someone. The simplicity of his early life with Daddy and Cathy has turned sour and fearful. They lived apart in the house that Daddy built for them with his bare hands. They foraged and hunted.

When they were younger, Daniel and Cathy had gone to school. But they were not like the other children then, and they were even less like them now. Sometimes Daddy disappeared, and would return with a rage in his eyes. But when he was at home he was at peace. He told them that the little copse in Elmet was theirs alone.

But that wasn't true. Local men, greedy and watchful, began to circle like vultures. All the while, the terrible violence in Daddy grew.

Atmospheric and unsettling, Elmet is a lyrical commentary on contemporary society and one family's precarious place in it, as well as an exploration of how deep the bond between father and child can go.

This is fresh and distinctive writing from an exciting new voice in fiction - Sally Rooney meets Sarah Perry. A dazzling blend of acute observation of the natural world and of the ordinary, fragile human lives that pass through it.

Publisher: John Murray Press
ISBN: 9781473676497
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 260 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

A quiet explosion of a book, exquisite and unforgettable - The Economist

Elmet is in so many ways a wonder to behold. It is also this year's David among the predictable Goliaths on the Booker list. How thrilling if David were to win against them - Evening Standard

Exceptional in every way - Mail on Sunday

A work of troubling beauty . . . Brutal, bleak, ethereal - New Statesman

Mozley is a gifted writer . . . Pastoral idyll, political exposé, cosy family saga and horror tale, it reads like a traditional children's story that turns into a gangster film: Hansel and Gretel meets The Godfather - Sunday Times

An impressive slice of contemporary noir steeped in Yorkshire legend . . . Elmet possesses a rich and unfussy lyricism - Guardian

A rare find of a book and a truly startling debut . . . a fascinating and unique tale shot through with gothic elements of Yorkshire folklore and fable. A poignant and powerful story, relevant now more than ever in a time when many in the countryside feel disenfranchised and unheard, Elmet packs a punch - Stylist, Book Wars

Rhythmic and lilting . . . a rich and earthy tale - Financial Times

At its best, it reminds you of Cormac McCarthy's The Road - Metro

A cleverly constructed rural Gothic fable written in palatably simple prose . . . Elmet is a marvellous achievement - TLS

A novel that straddles the centuries, simultaneously modern and backward-looking, Hardeyesque yet fully engaged with contemporary politics - Literary Review

With subtle colloquial dialogue and vibrant descriptive passages, this is an evocative read, which deserves attention - Sunday Independent

Spellbinding . . . What is so memorable is the sense of utter desolation of this family. They are as outside our world as Lear and Edgar on the heath - The Spectator, Books of the Year

An amazingly brilliant debut novel . . . and a work of extraordinary Yorkshire grit . . . exquisite - Guardian, Books of the Year

Lyrical and mythic . . . a beguiling patchwork of influences held together by Mozley's distinct voice - New York Times

A magical debut novel . . . this dazzling debut feels steeped in a more primitive, violent past . . . in seductively poetic prose, the book shines a light on the toll of power wielded cruelly, as well as on a countering force: the extraordinary sustenance family devotion can provide - People Magazine, Book of the Week

Fiona Mozley's remarkable debut looks at life on the margins of society . . . A darkly evocative tale that lingers in one's mind - Financial Times, Books of the Year

A cracking read. Darkly lyrical and full of violence, Mozley's Yorkshire owes something to Ted Hughes, something to older, deeper folk tales and fables. She's a name to watch - Observer, Books of the Year

The breakout debut was the surprise dark horse on the Man Booker shortlist this year. A restless, fiercely felt novel about the deep bonds within an outlaw family in rural Yorkshire, it combines a demanding lyrical intensity with passages of astonishing violence and marks out Mozley, not yet 30, as a writer of great promise - Metro, Books of the Year

Fiona Mozley might have been the surprise debut author on last year's Man Booker prize shortlist , but her story of a bare-knuckle fighter who retreats to a Yorkshire copse with his children is deserving of the attention it received. Elmet taps into an almost mythological world where "Daddy" shapes his children to be "more like an army than a family". Its politics are fascinating too - there's much to chew on here about how we define the disenfranchised - Observer

A modern West Riding Western with the most memorable climax since Golgotha. Haunting, page-turning with characters that burst on to the page - FT, Summer Reads

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“Pastoral prose and heartbreaking family drama....”

This is quite a unique novel, on the one hand it reads like an ode the countryside in Yorkshire with poetic descriptions of forests and fauna , on the other hand an almost gothic, incredibly heartbreaking family... More

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“Beautifully written”

A really lyrical novel about family that shines with intelligence - a compelling read.

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“This year's welcome surprise”

This book was the only genuine surprise on this year's Booker longlist, a first novel by a young British writer. I would be very happy to see this book make the shortlist - there may be at least six better books... More

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