Starve Acre (Paperback)Andrew Michael Hurley (author)
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In the aftermath of their child’s death, a couple haunted by grief and guilt search for answers by digging into the past in this evocative slice of folk horror from the acclaimed author of The Loney.
Waterstones Fiction Book of the Month for November 2020
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.
A BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime
Publisher: John Murray Press
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 200 g
Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 20 mm
'Startlingly and daringly original, a story that shivers itself deeply into the consciousness.' - David Park, author of The Year Travelling in a Strange Land
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“Deliciously gothic and beautifully written”
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