The Offing (Hardback)Benjamin Myers (author)
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From the author of the brutally brilliant The Gallows Pole comes an altogether different kind of historical novel. Set during the aftermath of the Second World War, The Offing recounts a tender story of love and friendship between a teenage miner and an eccentric older woman, with all the immersive detail and fulsome characterisation of Myers’ previous work.
An Observer Pick for 2019
One summer following the Second World War, Robert Appleyard sets out on foot from his Durham village. Sixteen and the son of a coal miner, he makes his way across the northern countryside until he reaches the former smuggling village of Robin Hood's Bay.
There he meets Dulcie, an eccentric, worldly, older woman who lives in a ramshackle cottage facing out to sea. Staying with Dulcie, Robert's life opens into one of rich food, sea-swimming, sunburn and poetry. The two come from different worlds, yet as the summer months pass, they form an unlikely friendship that will profoundly alter their futures.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 402 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 mm
'Intense and evocative' - The Observer
'Book by book, over the past decade, Ben Myers has proved himself to be one of the most singular, moving and crucial voices of our times, making The Offing one of the must-read books of the year' - David Peace
'A gorgeous summer song of a book, quietly and precisely what the world needs, calling friendship and gentleness from people, place and language, The Offing is about the best of us. It is to be treasured and passed on' - Horatio Clare
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