Fusing the ghost story with sharp, psychological insight, this is a brilliant and timely novel about loneliness, buried secrets and the havoc they play on the mind from Booker-shortlisted author Carol Birch.


Did you hear? Big landslip over by Ercol. Last night. The road into Gully's closed off. They found a body. Got police tape. All that stuff. They only do that for murder, don't they? Murder!


A body has been uncovered in a mudslide just outside the village of Andwiston. In the pub they talk of murder, but Dan – sometime mechanic, constant drunk – is finding it hard to sift through his jumbled memories. Watching him from the dark is Lorna, a lost soul living in the woods, haunted by ghosts and a vision from her childhood: a cold boy standing alone in Gallinger's field.


Praise for Carol Birch:

'A naturally literary writer who can, with a simple image, evoke the deepest emotion' GUARDIAN

'Her prose has an irresistible vigour ... her words sing on the page' FINANCIAL TIMES


  • Publisher : Apollo (1 April 2021)
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1838939410

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