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Clay (Paperback)
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Clay (Paperback)

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Paperback 272 Pages / Published: 16/01/2014
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Eight-year-old TC skips school to explore the city's overgrown, forgotten corners. Sophia, seventy-eight, watches with concern as he slips past her window, through the little park she loves. She's writing to her granddaughter, Daisy, whose privileged upbringing means she exists in a different world from TC - though the two children live less than a mile apart. Jozef spends his days doing house clearances, his nights working in a takeaway. He can't forget the farm he left behind in Poland, its woods and fields still a part of him, although he is a thousand miles away. When he meets TC he finds a kindred spirit: both lonely, both looking for something, both lost.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408842553
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 218 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
A gently-evoked urban tragedy - and the most powerful and original debut novel I've read for years * A N Wilson, Readers Digest *
Clay moves to rhythms that we associate less with fiction than with the close-descriptive style of nature writers such as Robert Macfarlane ... At the heart of Clay is a hymn to attentiveness, both to the natural world and to those we share it with * Financial Times *
Instantly beautiful in its calm and wise tone * Robert Macfarlane *
Heartfelt, elegaic ... Lovingly observed * Sunday Times *
The wonderful power of her looking builds a quiet, cumulative poetry. An impressive debut * Mark Cocker, author of Crow Country *
Fierce and tender ... Country come to town with lyrical, visceral power ... She evokes with rhapsodic delight the animal and plant life that still flourishes amid the concrete and Tarmac * Boyd Tonkin, Independent *
Harrison gives lovely expression to her vision of an ecosystem thrumming away beneath the grime of city life * Guardian *

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“Beautiful”

Let me start by saying I was so sad when I finished this book. It was a beautiful story. After living in a Polish village for much of his life, Jozef is struggling to adjust to the tall, grey landscape of apartment... More

Hardback edition
13th December 2012
Helpful? Upvote 48

“Thought Provoking”

This book follows the lives of its three main characters – TC, Jozef and Sophia, who live very much in contemporary Britain on a concrete estate, where life isn’t what it used to be.
TC is an eight year old who adores... More

Hardback edition
21st December 2012
Helpful? Upvote 34

“Not for me...”

This novel started off well enough, with alternating chapters describing the rather dismal lives of an 8 year old boy called TC, an elderly grandmother Sophia, and Jozef, a Polish man trying to make a meagre living,... More

Hardback edition
3rd January 2013
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