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Benjamin Wood - Author

About the Author

Benjamin Wood was born in 1981 and grew up in north-west England. In 2004, he was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship to attend the MFA Creative Writing Programme at the University of British Columbia, Canada, where he was also fiction editor of the Canadian literary journal PRISM International. Benjamin is now a lecturer in Creative Writing at Birkbeck, University of London. The Bellwether Revivals is his first novel.

 

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A Station on the Path to Somewhere Better

A Station on the Path to Somewhere Better

Author: Benjamin Wood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/06/2018

`A shocking account of extreme violence and its complicated after-effects. It is a vivid and unsettling novel filled with surprises and insights' Ian McGuire, bestselling author of The North Water 'A heart-breaking and heart-stopping new novel; a dark Northern noir that moves at breakneck speed but never fails to be tender and vulnerable as well as visceral and terrifying' Andrew McMillan 'A novelist to watch' The Times The acclaimed author of The Ecliptic, Benjamin Wood writes a novel of exceptional force and beauty about the bond between fathers and sons, about the invention and reconciliation of self - weaving a haunting story of violence and love. For twenty years, Daniel Hardesty has borne the emotional scars of a childhood trauma which he is powerless to undo, which leaves him no peace. One August morning in 1995, the young Daniel and his estranged father Francis - a character of `two weathers', of irresistible charm and roiling self-pity - set out on a road trip to the North that seems to represent a chance to salvage their relationship. But with every passing mile, the layers of Fran's mendacity and desperation are exposed, pushing him to acts of violence that will define the rest of his son's life. Praise for The Ecliptic, shortlisted for the Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year Award: 'A resounding achievement . . . Rich, beautiful and written by an author of great depth and resource' Edward Docx, Guardian 'Full of suspense and beautifully written, superbly imagined and constructed . . . A terrifically gripping and playful book' Sunday Times 'Exhilarating, earthy, cerebral, frank and unflinching . . . A masterfully paced and suspenseful read' Independent 'A rich, intricate and layered work' Observer 'Haunts the imagination long after the final page' Independent on Sunday 'A gorgeous and harrowing work' Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven

A Station on the Path to Somewhere Better

A Station on the Path to Somewhere Better

Author: Benjamin Wood Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/06/2018

`With his third novel, Wood's talent has burgeoned spectacularly. The book is a tremendous achievement, an unputdownable domestic thriller that is also subtle and moving ... travelling well beyond his earlier fiction, Wood has produced a tour de force that marks his creative arrival' David Grylls, SUNDAY TIMES `A novel written from the gut, and with a correspondingly visceral power. A superbly unsettling account of trauma and cautious recovery' SARAH WATERS 'Elegant and disturbing ... this is a novel of expertly woven tension and frightening glimpses into the mind of the deranged other' John Burnside, GUARDIAN The acclaimed author of The Ecliptic, Benjamin Wood writes a novel of exceptional force and beauty about the bond between fathers and sons, about the invention and reconciliation of self - weaving a haunting story of violence and love. For twenty years, Daniel Hardesty has borne the emotional scars of a childhood trauma which he is powerless to undo, which leaves him no peace. One August morning in 1995, the young Daniel and his estranged father Francis - a character of `two weathers', of irresistible charm and roiling self-pity - set out on a road trip to the North that seems to represent a chance to salvage their relationship. But with every passing mile, the layers of Fran's mendacity and desperation are exposed, pushing him to acts of violence that will define the rest of his son's life. `It will grip you and stay with you... Fran is an expertly drawn troubled male... this is the heart of a beautifully constructed novel' SHORTLIST `Propulsive... a story that begins as a poignant, coming-of-age tale spirals almost imperceptibly into harrowing terror' DAILY MAIL `Sinister, highly-detailed' PRESS ASSOCIATION `Tenderly dissecting the limits of love between parent and child while wriggling with a rich, thrilling tension, this palpably atmospheric story found its way beneath my skin and now lives there. Tell anyone who'll listen, Benjamin Wood is one of the best novelists in Britain' DAVID WHITEHOUSE `A shocking account of extreme violence and its complicated after-effects. It is a vivid and unsettling novel filled with surprises and insights' IAN McGUIRE 'A heart-breaking and heart-stopping new novel; a dark Northern noir that moves at breakneck speed but never fails to be tender and vulnerable as well as visceral and terrifying' ANDREW McMILLAN 'A novelist to watch' The Times Praise for The Ecliptic, shortlisted for the Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year Award: 'A resounding achievement . . . Rich, beautiful and written by an author of great depth and resource' Edward Docx, Guardian 'Full of suspense and beautifully written, superbly imagined and constructed . . . A terrifically gripping and playful book' Sunday Times 'Exhilarating, earthy, cerebral, frank and unflinching . . . A masterfully paced and suspenseful read' Independent 'A rich, intricate and layered work' Observer 'Haunts the imagination long after the final page' Independent on Sunday 'A gorgeous and harrowing work' Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven

Fort Lafayette or Love and Secession

Fort Lafayette or Love and Secession

Author: Benjamin Wood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/04/2018

Fort Lafayette or Love and Secession

Fort Lafayette or Love and Secession

Author: Benjamin Wood Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/04/2018

The Augustinian Alternative Religious Skepticism and the Search for a Liberal Politics

The Augustinian Alternative Religious Skepticism and the Search for a Liberal Politics

Author: Benjamin Wood Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/07/2017

This book's central claim is that a close reading of Augustine's epistemology can help political theologians develop affirmative accounts of political liberalism. This claim is set in a scholarly context that is profoundly hostile to constructive theological readings of liberal culture. As a corrective to such antagonism, this book suggests that, far from being natural opponents, Christian communities can work fruitfully with political liberals based on common principles. A key component in this argument is the theological reevaluation of the ancient skeptical tradition. While the ancient skeptics are habitually treated by scholars as minor characters in the story of Augustine's theological development, this volume argues that they played a significant role in shaping both Augustine's theology and the subsequent character of the Augustinian tradition. By placing Augustine's reading of the skeptics in dialogue with contemporary culture, this book constructs a viable form of liberal Christian politics that is attentive both to his sin-sensitive account of public life and his eschatological vision of the church.

Fort Lafayette Or, Love and Secession

Fort Lafayette Or, Love and Secession

Author: Benjamin Wood Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/05/2017

Fort Lafayette Or, Love and Secession

Fort Lafayette Or, Love and Secession

Author: Benjamin Wood Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/05/2017

Ecliptic

Ecliptic

Author: Benjamin Wood Format: eBook Release Date: 03/05/2016

From the award-winning author ofThe Bellwether Revivalscomes a "e;gorgeous and harrowing work"e; (Emily St. John Mandel) set on a mysterious island, where artists strive to recover their lost gifts--and where nothing is quite as it seems. Situated on a Turkish island, Portmantle might be the strangest, most exclusive artists' colony around. Its brilliant residents linger for years, all expenses paid and living under assumed names. Relieved of the burdens of time and ego, they are free to create their next masterpieces. Elspeth Conroy (aka "e;Knell"e;) is a Scottish painter who has been at Portmantle for a decade, a refugee from the hectic London art scene. Her fellow longtimers include Quickman, whose sole book became a classic and paralyzed his muse; MacKinney, a playwright who left behind her family; and Pettifer, an architect obsessing over an unfinished cathedral. In his astonishing second novel, Benjamin Wood gives us ';an intenselyintimate portrait of an artist as a young woman, with truths on every page' (Independent). The hermetic world at Portmantle shatters when the 17-year-old Fullerton arrives at the gates, his provenance and talents unknown. As Knell searches for answers, she reveals the path that led her to this place: Her intimate bond with her gruff drunk of a mentor; her early successes and crushing failures; a journey across the Atlantic and into the psychiatrist's office; and a grand commission of astronomical significance. What is "e;The Ecliptic,"e; and how does it relate to the life Elspeth left behind? This gorgeous puzzle of a novel touches the head and the heart, and the effect is nothing short of electrifying.From the Hardcover edition.

The Ecliptic

The Ecliptic

Author: Benjamin Wood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/2016

Shortlisted for the Sunday Times PFD Young Writer of the Year Award and the Encore Prize 'Stunning... Wood has created one of the most moving and human characters in recent fiction' Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven The mesmerising new novel from the acclaimed author of The Bellwether Revivals: a rich and immersive story of love, obsession, creativity and disintegration. On a forested island off the coast of Istanbul stands Portmantle, a refuge for beleaguered artists. There, a curious assembly of painters, architects, writers and musicians strive to restore their faded talents. Elspeth 'Knell' Conroy is a celebrated painter who has fled the dizzying art scene of 1960s London; on the island, she spends her nights wrestling with her elusive masterpiece. Then a disaffected teenager named Fullerton arrives at the refuge and disrupts its routines. He is plagued by nightmares that steer him into danger, and Knell is left to pick apart the chilling mystery: where did the boy come from, what is 'The Ecliptic', and how does it relate to their abandoned lives in England? Praise for The Ecliptic: 'A novelist to watch' The Times 'A resounding achievement . . . Rich, beautiful and written by an author of great depth and resource' Edward Docx, Guardian 'Full of suspense and beautifully written, superbly imagined and constructed . . . A terrifically gripping and playful book' Sunday Times 'Exhilarating, earthy, cerebral, frank and unflinching . . . A masterfully paced and suspenseful read' Independent 'A rich, intricate and layered work' Observer 'Haunts the imagination long after the final page' Independent on Sunday

Fort Lafayette Or, Love and Secession

Fort Lafayette Or, Love and Secession

Author: Benjamin Wood Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/09/2013

APES in a BOX: The Review Sessions

APES in a BOX: The Review Sessions

Author: Benjamin Wood, Dave Holbert Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/02/2013

APES in a BOX: The Review Sessions is a teachers edition of our popular APES Exam study guide APES in a BOX. The book is broken into 16 review lessons. Each session contains student notes, an AP style review quiz, and teacher rubrics for quiz grading. There is a bonus lesson on tips for the math portion of the exam. The most exciting part of this book is that we are selling it as a BLACKLINE MASTER with a single teacher license. This means that when you purchase a copy you will be free to make paper copies for all of your students! The license only extends to a single teacher and their students. Multiple teachers at the same school will need to buy seperate copies for each teacher.

Apes In a Box

Apes In a Box

Author: Benjamin Wood, David Holbert Format: eBook Release Date: 25/02/2013

APES in a Box is an all-inclusive study guide for the AP Environmental Science exam. This book includes content reviews, expert test taking tips, and strategies for success on the AP Environmental Science Exam. APES in a BOX has been updated to reflect changes in the 2011 APES Exam! APES in a Box was written by experienced APES teachers Benjy Wood and Dave Holbert.

Fort Lafayette Or, Love and Secession

Fort Lafayette Or, Love and Secession

Author: Benjamin Wood Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/02/2013

Fort Lafayette Or, Love and Secession

Fort Lafayette Or, Love and Secession

Author: Benjamin Wood Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/02/2013

Bellwether Revivals

Bellwether Revivals

Author: Benjamin Wood Format: eBook Release Date: 28/06/2012

Bright, bookish Oscar Lowe has escaped the squalid urban neighborhood where he was raised and made a new life for himself amid the colleges and spires of Cambridge. He has grown to love the quiet routine of his life as a care assistant at a local nursing home, where he has forged a close friendship with its most ill-tempered resident, Dr. Paulsen.All that changes one fateful day when Oscar, while wandering the bucolic grounds of Cambridge, is lured into the chapel at Kings College by the otherwordly sound of an organ. It is here that he meets and falls in love with Iris Bellwether, a beautiful and enigmatic medical student. Drawn into her world of scholarship and privilege, Oscar soon becomes embroiled in the strange machinations of Iriss older brother, Eden.A charismatic but troubled musical prodigy, Eden convinces his sister and their close-knit circle of friends to participate in a series of disturbing experiments. Eden believes that music with his expert genius to guide it can cure people. As the line between genius and madness begins to blur, however, Oscar fears that it is danger and not healing that awaits them all but it might be too late. . . .A masterful work of psychological suspense and emotional resonance from a brilliant young talent, The Bellwether Revivals will hold readers spellbound until its breathtaking conclusion.

Defying Evil

Defying Evil

Author: Benjamin Wood Format: eBook Release Date: 31/03/2012

The fascinating World War II story of the techniques used by the Italian Army to thwart the operations of the Nazi-allied Croatian government to send Jews to the Holocaust. The author reveals the brutal techniques used by the Croatian officials to aid the Nazis and the death camps in Croatia never before recognized in Post World War II investigations.

Fort Lafayette Or, Love and Secession

Fort Lafayette Or, Love and Secession

Author: Benjamin Wood Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/12/2008

Fort Lafayette Or, Love and Secession

Fort Lafayette Or, Love and Secession

Author: Benjamin Wood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/12/2008

Bugle Calls Awake, Educate, Agitate, ACT!

Bugle Calls Awake, Educate, Agitate, ACT!

Author: Benjamin Wood Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/08/2008

Bugle Calls Awake, Educate, Agitate, ACT!

Bugle Calls Awake, Educate, Agitate, ACT!

Author: Benjamin Wood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/08/2008

Bugle Calls Awake, Educate, Agitate, ACT! (Large Print Edition)

Bugle Calls Awake, Educate, Agitate, ACT! (Large Print Edition)

Author: Benjamin Wood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/08/2008

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