The Walk Home

by Rachel Seiffert

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The Walk Home Synopsis

Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015.

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? Rachel Seiffert is an extraordinarily deft and humane writer who tells us the truth about love and about hope.

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 Walk Home Press 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

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ISBN: 9781844089956
Publication date: 05/03/2015
Publisher: Virago Press Ltd an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781844089925
Publication date: 03/04/2014
Publisher: Virago Press Ltd an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781844089956
Publication date: 5th March 2015
Author: Rachel Seiffert
Publisher: Virago Press Ltd an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 304 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Rachel Seiffert

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.

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