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All the Birds, Singing

by Evie Wyld

eBooks of the Month Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

All the Birds, Singing Synopsis

Longlisted for the 2014 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction.

Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2013.

Jake Whyte is the sole resident of an old farmhouse on an unnamed British island, a place of ceaseless rains and battering winds. It's just her, her untamed companion, Dog, and a flock of sheep. Which is how she wanted it to be. But something is coming for the sheep - every few nights it picks one off, leaves it in rags. It could be anything. There are foxes in the woods, a strange boy and a strange man, rumours of an obscure, formidable beast. And there is Jake's unknown past, perhaps breaking into the present, a story hidden thousands of miles away and years ago, in a landscape of different colour and sound, a story held in the scars that stripe her back.

All the Birds, Singing Press Reviews

'Wyld is a writer who reconfigures the conventions of storytelling with a sure-footedness and ambition which belie her age... What makes the book so outstanding is the beauty and simplicity of the writing.' -- Cressida Connolly, Spectator


'One feels the influence of an early Ian McEwan or Iain Banks. But All the Birds, Singing, is also powerfully original, strongest in its handling of the human and animal worlds, and the thin line between the two.' -- Sophie Ratcliffe Times Literary Supplement


'A hair-prickling thriller. It's the quality of [Wyld's] prose that really blows your mind.' -- Claire Allfree, Metro


'All The Birds, Singing is extraordinarily accomplished, one of those books that tears around in your cerebellum like a dark firework, and which, upon finishing, you immediately want to pick up again' -- Melissa Harrison, Financial Times


'Some novels are crafted with such care that it seems a shame reviewers should get to paw them before readers have the chance to admire their intricacy... Ingeniously constructed narrative.' -- Anthony Cummins Literary Review

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780099572374
Publication date: 15/05/2014
Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780224096683
Publication date: 20/06/2013
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd an imprint of Vintage
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780224096683
Publication date: 20th June 2013
Author: Evie Wyld
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd an imprint of Vintage
Format: Hardback
Genres: eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,

About Evie Wyld

Evie Wyld is a young Australian bookseller, living in London. Her work has been published in Granta and in other literary magazines. She regularly visits Australia to see her family. AFTER THE FIRE, A STILL SMALL VOICE is her first novel, and was published to international acclaim in 2009. She is currently working on her second.

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