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The Dig by Cynan Jones
  

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The sadness and cruelty that lies just under the surface of this beautiful novel is heart-breaking. It’s Welsh sheep farming land, hard, bleak and unforgiving. Daniel farms his family farm. Neighbours have rats that need to be exterminated, badgers that need dealing with (illegally) and contrasting with that casual animal cruelty is the lambing season. New life, a joy to behold until it goes wrong and we, the reader, become aware of the grief beneath. Written in hard, stark, short paragraphs this hits way below the belt. A most impressive, tragic book. Highly recommended.

If you like Cynan Jones you might also like to read books by Donal Ryan, John Steinbeck and Ross Raisin.

Who is Sarah Broadhurst

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. This slim, but very powerful novel is set in British countryside today; a place where honest, hard-working farmers like Daniel are juxtaposed with shady figures who operate outside the law, such as ‘the big man’, who will turn his terriers on a badger for the gratification of a few townies, and then run over the mutilated corpse to make it look like road-kill. Struggling to come to terms with the loss of his pregnant wife, kicked in the head by a horse, Daniel is unwittingly on a collision course with ‘the big man’. Jones ratchets up the tension in this brutal yet mesmeric book.
~ The Good Book Guide

Synopsis

The Dig by Cynan Jones

Deep in rural Wales, a farmer is struggling through lambing season when he becomes aware that his land is being stalked by a badger-baiter who brings with him the stark threat of violence. Built of the interlocking fates of these two solitary men, this is a searing story of isolation and loss, from a writer of uncommon gifts.

About the Author

CYNAN JONES was born near Aberaeron, Wales in 1975. His previous novels are The Long Dry (winner of a Betty Trask Award in 2007), Everything I Found on the Beach, and the retelling of a Welsh myth Bird, Blood, Snow. In 2013, the chapter 'The Dig' from this novel was shortlisted for the Sunday Times/EFG Private Bank Short Story Award.

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Publication date

6th November 2014

Author

Cynan Jones

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Author's Website

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Publisher

Granta Books

Format

Paperback
176 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781847088802

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