The Bass Rock (Paperback)Evie Wyld (author)
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The award-winning author of All the Birds, Singing, Evie Wyld returns with a haunting, beautifully intricate and psychologically fearless novel. The Bass Rock charts the stories of three women, far apart in time but interlinked by the eponymous rock on the Scottish coast, exploring the emotional and physical restraint imposed on them by the men in their lives. Written with profound insight and startling honesty, The Bass Rock cements Wyld’s place as one of the bravest, most distinctive voices in contemporary fiction.
The Bass Rock has for centuries watched over the lives that pass under its shadow on the Scottish mainland. And across the centuries the fates of three women are linked: to this place, to each other.
In the early 1700s, Sarah, accused of being a witch, flees for her life.
In the aftermath of the Second World War, Ruth navigates a new house, a new husband and the strange waters of the local community.
Six decades later, the house stands empty. Viv, mourning the death of her father, catalogues Ruth's belongings and discovers her place in the past - and perhaps a way forward.
Each woman's choices are circumscribed by the men in their lives. But in sisterhood there is the hope of survival and new life...
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 259 g
Dimensions: 198 x 128 x 23 mm
'Like Ali Smith's novels crossed with the TV series Fleabag... [The Bass Rock is] a vividly imagined portrait... There's much to admire in its little miracles of observation... [Evie Wyld] knows how to maintain suspense, what to withhold and when to reveal it - right up to the spine-chilling last line.' - Johanna Thomas-Corr, Sunday Times
'A multilayered masterpiece; vivid, chilling, leaping jubilantly through space and time, it's a jaw dropping novel that confirms Wyld as one of our most gifted young writers.' - Alex Preston, Observer
'Wondrous... Expertly chilling... Wyld consistently entertains, juggling the pleasures of several different genres.' - John Williams, New York Times
'Searingly controlled...psychologically fearless and...bitterly funny. Wyld is a genius of contrasting voices and revealed connections, while her foreshadowings are so subtle that the book demands - and eminently repays - a second read.' - Justine Jordan, Guardian
'A rising star of British fiction... Wyld's slow, controlled build-up of dread is excellent... Most powerful of all is Wyld's evocation of a hairs-on-the-neck sense of foreboding when women interact with volatile men.' - Francesca Carington, Sunday Telegraph, Novel of the Week
'A modern gothic triumph' - Max Porter
'Daring, heartfelt, explosive' - Daisy Johnson
'A vividly imagined portrait' - Sunday Times
'Dark, disturbing and very sophisticated' - William Boyd
'Wonderfully subtle and magnificently savage' - Claire Fuller
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“I absolutely loved this book.”
I lingered over every sentence in this stunning book. Three female narratives through time is a difficult thing to pull off but Evie Wyld does this with sparkling, electric grace. It is a book filled with deep... More
“A brave, compelling read.”
Was completely mesmerised by this latest offering from Evie Wyld. Her style is meandering and thoughtful and her books tend to evoke meaning or feeling rather than presenting you with a plot that ties itself together... More
“Lyrical writing, but not a straightforward plot”
There's no denying that Wyld's writing is striking, atmospheric and lyrical. The multi-generational protagonists were interesting, and flawed, and three dimensional, and the shifting viewpoints and... More
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