The Wake

by Paul Kingsnorth

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The Wake Synopsis

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.

The Wake Press Reviews


'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

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ISBN: 9781783520985
Publication date: 30/04/2015
Publisher: Unbound an imprint of Cornerstone
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781908717863
Publication date: 03/04/2014
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781783520985
Publication date: 30th April 2015
Author: Paul Kingsnorth
Publisher: Unbound an imprint of Cornerstone
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 384 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Historical fiction,

About Paul Kingsnorth

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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