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The Wake by Paul Kingsnorth

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Winner of the The Bookseller's Book of the Year 2015.

Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2015.

Longlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize, this critically acclaimed novel was the first crowdfunded novel to appear on the longlist. The Wake is also shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize and the Gordon Burn Prize. A post-apocalyptic novel set in 1066 - unlike anything else you will read this year...


The Wake by Paul Kingsnorth

Winner of the The Bookseller Book of the Year 2015.

Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2015.

Everyone knows the date of the Battle of Hastings. Far fewer people know what happened next...Set in the three years after the Norman invasion, The Wake tells the story of a fractured band of guerilla fighters who take up arms against the invaders. Carefully hung on the known historical facts about the almost forgotten war of resistance that spread across England in the decade after 1066, it is a story of the brutal shattering of lives, a tale of lost gods and haunted visions, narrated by a man of the Lincolnshire fens bearing witness to the end of his world. Written in what the author describes as 'a shadow tongue' - a version of Old English updated so as to be understandable for the modern reader - The Wake renders the inner life of an Anglo-Saxon man with an accuracy and immediacy rare in historical fiction. To enter Buccmaster's world is to feel powerfully the sheer strangeness of the past.



'A literary triumph'
ADAM THORPE, The Guardian

'An extraordinary, original and spellbinding book'

'Like William Golding's The Inheritors, it forces you into another, more ancient way of seeing things'
JOHN SELF, Sunday Times

'A resonant, eloquent ballad of English identity, pride and fierce independence. It is a thrilling story. Read it out loud. It is like nothing else.'

'As beautiful as it is riveting'
EIMEAR McBRIDE, New Statesman

About the Author

Paul Kingsnorth is a writer, poet and ecological activist. In 2009, he co- founded the Dark Mountain Project, an international network of writers, artists and thinkers in search of new stories for rapidly-changing times. His book Real England was widely praised as a crucially important study of modern England and was compared to Cobbett, Priestley and Orwell. The Wake is his first novel. He lives in Ulverston, Cumbria

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Publication date

30th April 2015


Paul Kingsnorth

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Unbound an imprint of Cornerstone


384 pages


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