The High House (Hardback)Jessie Greengrass (author)
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Steeped in a sense of ominous dread and rendered in precise, emotionally acute prose, Greengrass follows up the acclaimed Sight with the tale of a small band of individuals preparing for the onset of a slow-moving catastrophe.
Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2021
'Crisis slid from distant threat to imminent probability and we tuned it out like static.'
Francesca is Caro's stepmother, and Pauly's mother. A scientist, she can see what is going to happen.
The high house was once her holiday home; now looked after by locals Grandy and Sally, she has turned it into an ark, for when the time comes. The mill powers the generator; the orchard is carefully pruned; the greenhouse has all its glass intact. Almost a family, but not quite, they plant, store seed, and watch the weather carefully.
A stunning novel of the extraordinary and the everyday, The High House explores how we get used to change that once seemed unthinkable, how we place the needs of our families against the needs of others - and it asks us who, if we had to, we would save.
Publisher: Swift Press
Number of pages: 288
Dimensions: 216 x 135 mm
'Greengrass steeps us deeply in her wild, watery setting ... its prophetic vision fixes the attention' - The Daily Mail
'Full of elegant, resonant sentences about human fallibility, complacency, selfishness and our unquenchable capacity for love' - The Sunday Times
'This brave, important and exquisitely written novel is a frightening one. But even the darkest times are lit by moments of beauty and grace, and the reader is uplifted by Greengrass's conviction that salvation lies not in competing with one another to survive but in uniting to help those we love' - Sigrid Nunez
'A book suffused with the joy and fulfilment of raising a child. The High House stands out, for Greengrass understands that perhaps the best writers and artists can hope for now is to help us admit, accept and process our collective failure to act' - The Guardian
'By the end I felt a tightening in my chest. Not only admiration for what I had read, but fear, which I had swallowed down, one calm and often beautiful sentence after another. The High House managed to shock my system in a way that the attention-grabbing antics of Extinction Rebellion have not done' - The Scotsman
'Will delight readers who relish the ambition and originality of her work, and leave them pondering its ideas about climate change, family, inequality and the ethical dilemmas that are posed by a crisis' - i paper
'Chillingly articulate' - The Daily Telegraph
'Greengrass uses a future post-apocalyptic world as a perspective from which to apply the melancholic, nostalgic air of Ian Sinclair, Rachel Lichtenstein or W G Sebald to our own present. You think you have time. And then, all at once, you don't' - The Irish Times
'An extraordinary, immersive read' - IMAGE
'A master observer of inter-human atmosphere' - Max Porter
'This book is completely beautiful' - Daisy Johnson
'Profoundly moving, this is an incisive yet hopeful reflection on how to move forward together' - Julianne Pachico
'Greengrass has encapsulated the dignity of our individual actions and the true value of what we possess' - Lonesome Reader
'I have no qualms in saying The High House is a must read' - Bookmunch
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I read this in a single sitting. Powerful stuff! Jessie Greengrass writes beautifully about our changing world and family dynamic. I cannot recommend this enough
“A beautiful book inside and out”
The High House is such an immersive, lyrical read that I was spellbound from start to finish. Jessie's prose is soothing and thoughtful and the detailed descriptions of the setting stayed with me long after I... More
The High House by Jessie Greengrass is a poetic and purposeful novel. An intimate story of a coming apocalypse and a family forged in the midst of destruction and devastation. It follows Francesca, a scientist who has... More
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