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All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld
  

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A powerful, gritty story of suffering and survival which moves backwards and forwards in time. It tells of a young Australian woman, Jake, who is now living as a recluse with a dog and a small flock of sheep on a remote island off the British coast. Something is killing her beloved sheep. Perhaps it is this unnecessary violence that sparks off the memory of her past, a period also full of unnecessary violence, startlingly so. Beautifully written, the author has been named by both Granta and the BBC Culture Show as one of Britain’s Best Young Novelists. It is a stunning book.

If you like Evie Wyld you might also like to read books by Lionel Shriver, Cynan Jones and Louise Doughty.

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Synopsis

All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld

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.


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Reviews

Unsettling, dark and extraordinarily fresh. It feels eccentrically, wonderfully British... An inimitable, original new voice. Can't wait to read more. -- Viv Groskop The Times

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

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

About the Author

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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Publication date

15th May 2014

Author

Evie Wyld

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www.eviewyld.com/

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Publisher

Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing

Format

Paperback
240 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780099572374

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