debuts of the month join us on facebook rebus 30th anniversary
Search our site
The Course of History Ten Meals That Changed the World by Struan Stevenson, Tony Singh Read the opening extract of the brand new Struan Stevenson, Tony Singh book before its publication on 24/10/2017

The Walk Home by Rachel Seiffert
  

The Walk Home

Literary Fiction   eBook Favourites   eBook Favourites   

RRP £14.99

Notify me
when in stock

As soon as this book is back in stock we will send you an email.

Lovereading view...

A sad tale of discontent, of lost souls and the severing of ties. It centres on an Irish family gone to Scotland who initially have ambitions to try to better themselves but life gets in the way. One by one each of them seems to give up. Despite the uneasy subject this is a fascinating read with great descriptive passages and characters you care for.

If you like Rachel Seiffert you might also like to read books by Philippe Claudel, Ferdinand von Schirach and Yasmina Khadra.


The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Graham and Lindsey meet as teenagers at an Orange Walk in Tyrone; he with a Glaswegian marching band, she desperate to get away from parochial Northern Ireland. Within weeks, she is in Glasgow, pregnant with Stevie, who in time will also try to escape his heritage. The narrative looks back to Graham’s parents and his Uncle Eric, an outcast because he married a Catholic; and forward to Stevie as a young man, working in Glasgow with migrant Polish workers. It is a book about the divisions between people who hang on to their history, using it to hate, and those desperate to escape an unwanted inheritance and start afresh.
~ The Good Book Guide

Win a Set of 10 Bloomsbury Modern Classics!

This month Bloomsbury has launched a series of ten modern classics chosen from highlights of the publisher's last thiry years, each with an eye-catching, iconic illustrated cover - and we have a full set to give away!

The ten titles are Restless by William Boyd, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke, Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels, The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje, The Suspicions of Mr Whicher by Kate Summerscale and The Little Friend by Donna Tartt.

To have a chance of winning this fantastic prize, click the button below. Please note that this draw is open only for UK residents and is free to enter, multiple entries from the same email address will only be counted once.

The draw closes on 6 November 2017. The winners will be notified by 20 November 2017.

Good luck!

Enter prize draw Draw closes: 06/11/2017

Synopsis

The Walk Home by Rachel Seiffert

Stevie comes from a long line of people who have cut and run. Just like he has. Stevie's been to London, taught himself to get by, and now he's working as a labourer not so far from his childhood home in Glasgow ...But he's not told his family - what's left of them - that he's back. Not yet. He's also not far from his Uncle Eric's house: another one who left - for love this time. Stevie's toughened himself up against that emotion. And as for his own mother, Lindsey ...well, she ran her whole life. From her father and Ireland, from her husband, and eventually from Stevie too. This is a powerful novel about the risk of love, and the madness and betrayals that can split a family. If you cut your ties, will you cut yourself adrift?

Reviews

Deftly drawn and perceptively observed Daily Mail Exquisitely pared down prose by a writer who really feels for her characters and the tainted lives they are living Glasgow Herald Captivating ... further proof of Seiffert's enviable talents as a writer Daily Telegraph Intelligent and sophisticated ... a sharp-eyed look at one corner of modern Europe in flux The Times Brilliantly compelling and powerful work, told in beautiful, lean prose The Economist Seiffert's writing is both tightly controlled and almost orchestral in its sweep. You feel every emotion deeply Irish Independent Deeply moving ... As heart breaking as it is heart warming, this delicate and powerful novel will stay with you long after the final page Irish Examiner Seiffert has a superb ear for language ... full of intelligence, heart and compassion Scotland on Sunday Unsparing, thoughtful and immaculately researched ... Seiffert has a fine ear for Glasgow speech and an even better eye for images ... a rich, nuanced portrait of a changing community ... beautifully, sparely rendered Guardian The soul of The Walk Home, Rachel Seiffert's new novel, is its setting, Glasgow. The city's streets, housing schemes and tenement blocks provide not merely a backdrop, but history, colour and life Financial Times


About the Author

Rachel Seiffert's first novel, The Dark Room, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and was made into the feature film Lore. She was named as one of Granta's twenty Best of Young British Novelists in 2003, and in 2011 she received the E.M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Field Study, a collection of short stories, received an award from PEN International. Her second novel Afterwards was long-listed for the 2007 Orange Prize. Her books have been published in eighteen languages. After living in Glasgow for many years, Rachel Seiffert now lives in London with her family.

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading similar books...
Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

3rd April 2014

Author

Rachel Seiffert

More books by Rachel Seiffert
Author 'Like for Like'
    recommendations

Publisher

Virago Press Ltd an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Hardback
304 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
eBook Favourites
eBook Favourites

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781844089925

I read new, exciting writers and established authors before publication and there is a great website full of brilliant books and opinions.

Lynda

The best new books on the market, reviewed honestly, to give your readers the best choices.

Julie Cook

Lovereading helps me decide what real people read.

Kerry Bridges

I love reading books I wouldn't normally choose before everyone else gets to read them!

Dawn Lynch

Lovereading are lovely people who send me lovely books. What's not to love?

Gavin Dimmock

It's a lively, independent website with reviews, recommendations and more - with a huge range of books available to buy in all formats.

Alison Layland

Lovereading tells me about new books before they hit the shelves, lets me find other authors I may like and has great prize draws!

Sheila Dale

A well laid out site, I love the fact that is separates paranormal fiction from fantasy and horror, which other sites don't.

Jen Rainbow

Lovereading4kids

Lovereading4schools