Displaying the same unique blend of gothic dread and human observation that made his debut, The Loney, such a runaway hit with our booksellers, Starve Acre is both a superb slice of folk horror and a truly chilling exploration of family in the aftermath of loss. At the novel’s heart is the tension between the claustrophobia of village community and the looming, ever-present landscape of Starve Acre itself and its mythical, malevolent Oak. Bringing an attention to landscape worthy of the best nature writers, alongside a piercing understanding of the complexities of intimacy and grief, this is a haunting novel and perfect reading as the nights close in.
The worst thing possible has happened. Richard and Juliette Willoughby's son, Ewan, has died suddenly at the age of five. Starve Acre, their house by the moors, was to be full of life, but is now a haunted place.
Juliette, convinced Ewan still lives there in some form, seeks the help of the Beacons, a seemingly benevolent group of occultists. Richard, to try and keep the boy out of his mind, has turned his attention to the field opposite the house, where he patiently digs the barren dirt in search of a legendary oak tree.
Starve Acre is a devastating new novel by the author of the prize-winning bestseller The Loney. It is a novel about the way in which grief splits the world in two and how, in searching for hope, we can so easily unearth horror.
Publisher: John Murray Press
Number of pages: 256
Dimensions: 204 x 132 mm
'Hurley's wildly imaginative yet somehow matter-of-fact storytelling is so gripping that stopping to stroke your chin…would only break a spell that you don't want broken.' - The Times
'Creepy and marvellous.' - The Daily Mail
'Startlingly and daringly original, a story that shivers itself deeply into the consciousness.' - David Park, author The Year Travelling in a Strange Land
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