Out of the Woods (Hardback)
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Out of the Woods (Hardback)

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Hardback 288 Pages
Published: 24/01/2019

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One of the year’s most original and striking memoirs, Out of the Woods is both a personal story of sexuality, abuse and depression and a challenge to how society judges and pigeonholes those experiences, particularly for men. Seen through the prism of a cathartic journey into Epping Forest, Turner’s story is unusual in its range and frankness - not least in providing a window into the seldom explored topic of bisexuality. It is a hypnotic read - at times dizzyingly so - that impresses in its nuance and subtlety.  

 

Shortlisted for the Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize 2019

A fierce, poignant and highly original memoir about sexuality, shame and the lure of the trees

After the disintegration of the most significant relationship of his life, the demons Luke Turner has been battling since childhood are quick to return - depression and guilt surrounding his identity as a bisexual man, experiences of sexual abuse, and the religious upbringing that was the cause of so much confusion. It is among the trees of London's Epping Forest where he seeks refuge. But once a place of comfort, it now seems full of unexpected, elusive threats that trigger twisted reactions.

No stranger to compulsion, Luke finds himself drawn again and again to the woods, eager to uncover the strange secrets that may be buried there as he investigates an old family rumour of illicit behaviour. Away from a society that still struggles to cope with the complexities of masculinity and sexuality, Luke begins to accept the duality that has provoked so much unrest in his life - and reconcile the expectations of others with his own way of being.

Out of the Woods is a dazzling, devastating and highly original memoir about the irresistible yet double-edged potency of the forest, and the possibility of learning to find peace in the grey areas of life.

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9781474607155
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 400 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 36 mm

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“Nuanced and original”

As someone always interested writing about people and trees, fiction or non-fiction, I was immediately drawn to Luke Turner's unusual mix of memoir and nature writing. Lots of the talk about this book has... More

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