The White Rock (Hardback)
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The White Rock (Hardback)

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Hardback 304 Pages
Published: 25/08/2022
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A breathtaking tour de force from the author of Expectation, Hope's epic exploration of storytelling and the multifarious permutations of love resounds across the centuries and a myriad of lives.

I see you. Inside the cage you have been given. The cage you have made. The cages we have all made

It's 2020 and an Englishwoman is journeying with her husband and young daughter to the white rock off the coast of Mexico, to give thanks for the birth of their child, even as her faith in her marriage - and the future itself - is unravelling.

It is 1969 and a singer, on the run from the law, from his rabid fans and from an America burning with the fever of the Vietnam War, washes up in a hotel at the edge of Mexico, hoping to lose - and maybe find - himself.

In the first years of the Twentieth Century, a girl and her sister are torn from their homeland and taken by force to the coast. As their future is recast in the name of progress and power, she turns to the stories of her people to keep them alive.

And in 1775 a young Lieutenant of the Spanish line, preparing to set sail from the White Rock to continue the conquest of the Pacific coast, appears to lose his grip on reality, with far-reaching and fatal consequences ...

The White Rock is a breathtaking novel of lives echoing through time, of the many forms of violence and love, and what happens when the stories we have lived by can no longer keep us safe.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241562765
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 422 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 29 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Precise and perceptive ... Deeply satisfying ... We may struggle to find hope, Hope tells us, but it is there in the landscape, in faith and memory and ritual, in the ancient unchanging silences that persist' - Guardian

An eco-novel you actually want to read ... She's an assured author with a knack for an arresting image ... It leaves you with a gentle sense that things keep going - The Times

Its narrative sweep is capacious ... It has ambition to match, musing on freedom and reciprocity, on the redemptive power of storytelling and the sustaining force of ritual ... Demonstrating impressive stylistic verve - Observer

Mesmerising ... Imaginative ... Among its many impressive elements is Hope's handling of the past ... Her greatest talent is in getting under the skin of her characters ... There is a subtle plangency in this powerful portrait of human folly and ferocity - The Herald

Deeply moving ... I, for one, hope we hear plenty more from her - i news

Full of wisdom about the blink-and-you'll-miss-it nature of our lives - Good Housekeeping

Lyrical and timely - Stella

Mysterious and beautiful. It reminded me of Cloud Atlas, but it's very much itself: so bold and wild, but controlled and fierce. It's stunning writing and it has left me with hope, that we can tell stories like these even as the carbon builds, and that imagination and ideas remain powerful and valid - Russell T. Davies, writer of It's A Sin

Perfectly crafted, evocative prose which effortlessly transported me through two hundred and fifty years of history - Claire Fuller, author of Unsettled Ground

Brilliant. A stunning book of extraordinary, audacious scale - Sadie Jones, author of The Snakes

Poetic, philosophical and wildly captivating... Anna Hope captures the human condition and feeds it treats while you watch it shimmer. Her characters dance, crawl and blast off the page, like mystical beings who are at the same time solidly human. I swam in this book and didn't want to come up for air - Emma Jane Unsworth, author of Animals and Adults

I loved it. I became invested in each of the different eras and was struck by the sense of unknowable forces outliving us all. It is full of wisdom, intricate and emotional, and it will linger in my head for a long time - Dave Haslam, author of Sonic Youth Slept On My Floor

Anna Hope is such a generous and sensitive writer, and The White Rock is full of extraordinary voices and ideas. Absolutely a story for our times, and a fiercely important one, too - Clover Stroud, author of The Red of my Blood

I loved the sparseness, the moments of poetry, the quiet brutality. The voice throughout is fierce and graceful and utterly compelling; each central character is rich and beautifully pinpointed. It is her strongest work yet - Melody Razak, author of Moth

The White Rock is a sublime, poetic, and visionary work of art - Ron Rash, author of In the Valley

'If you wished Normal People had tackled female friendship, try Expectation' - GRAZIA, on Expectation

'Profoundly intelligent and humane. Deserves to feature on many a prize shortlist' - GUARDIAN, on Expectation

'Thoughtful, beautifully written, honest. A sensual book. I URGE YOU TO READ IT' - MARIAN KEYES, on Expectation

One of the most intensely readable novels I've encountered this year - METRO, on Expectation

'Mysterious and beautiful. It reminded me of Cloud Atlas, but it's very much itself: so bold and wild, but controlled and fierce. It's stunning writing and it has left me with hope, that we can tell stories like these even as the carbon builds, and that imagination and ideas remain powerful and valid' - Russell T. Davies, writer of It's A Sin

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Hardback

“Lives echoing through time..”

Four lives, four timelines; from English writer to Spanish lieutenant and from today back to the 18th century. All are looking for the place where the sacred ‘White Rock’ is off the cost of Mexico.

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“Recommended read”

The White Rock is four separate but compelling stories spanning three hundred years, split and reflected around a mysterious island off the coast of Mexico.

I enjoyed all four stories but was particularly moved by... More

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“Mexican folklore and legend - captivate writing”

I was drawn to this book because of the setting, Mexico, and the historical / folkloric links. I spent four years living in Mexico and I’m still captivated by its charm, history and legend.
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