The Loney: 'The Book of the Year 2016' (Hardback)Andrew Michael Hurley (author)
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WINNER OF THE 2015 COSTA FIRST NOVEL AWARD
THE BRITISH BOOK AWARDS BOOK OF THE YEAR 2016
'Modern classics in this genre are rare, and instant ones even rarer; The Loney, however, looks as though it may be both' Sunday Telegraph
If it had another name, I never knew, but the locals called it the Loney - that strange nowhere between the Wyre and the Lune where Hanny and I went every Easter time with Mummer, Farther, Mr and Mrs Belderboss and Father Wilfred, the parish priest.
It was impossible to truly know the place. It changed with each influx and retreat, and the neap tides would reveal the skeletons of those who thought they could escape its insidious currents. No one ever went near the water. No one apart from us, that is.
I suppose I always knew that what happened there wouldn't stay hidden for ever, no matter how much I wanted it to. No matter how hard I tried to forget . . .
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 500 g
Dimensions: 220 x 146 x 35 mm
Here is the masterpiece by which Hurley must enter the Guild of the Gothic: it pleases me to think of his name written on some parchment scroll, alongside those of Walpole, Du Maurier, Maturin and Jackson * Guardian *
A masterful excursion into terror * Sunday Times *
An extraordinarily haunted and haunting novel * Daily Telegraph *
This is a novel of the unsaid, the implied, the barely grasped or understood, crammed with dark holes and blurry spaces that your imagination feels compelled to fill * Observer *
Written with the skill of a poet * The Times, Books of the Year *
An eerie, disturbing read that doesn't let up until its surprise ending * Daily Mail *
An unforgettable addition to the ranks of the best British horror * Metro *
A haunting and ambiguous novel that will keep you up at night * Daily Express *
A tale of suspense that sucks you in and pulls you under. As yarns go, it rips * New Statesman *
A masterclass in spinning out tension * Financial Times *
A haunting exploration of religion, faith and family. Hurley's evocation of the landscape is bleak and beautiful, while his portrayal of a family slowly imploding is both perceptive and compelling * Sunday Express summer reads *
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