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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.
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.
Publication date: 06/11/2014
Publisher: Granta Books
|Publication date:||6th November 2014|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
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.More About Cynan Jones