LoveReading

Becoming a member of the LoveReading community is free.

No catches, no fine print just unadulterated book loving, with your favourite books saved to your own digital bookshelf.

New members get entered into our monthly draw to win £100 to spend in your local bookshop Plus lots lots more…

Find out more

Ghost Wall

by Sarah Moss

Family Drama Literary Fiction Modern and Contemporary Fiction Shorter Reads

LoveReading View on Ghost Wall

Gosh, this is a unique, riveting, gloriously written short novel. 17 year old Silvie and her parents are on an experimental archaeological dig site in Northumberland. Her controlling father keeps a tight rein on Silvie, yet as she experiences the freedom of the other students, her life closes in around her. Sarah Moss has created an absolutely chilling first chapter, the feeling remained with me throughout the book and I found myself on high alert. There aren’t many chapters, there are no speech marks, it is one continuous train of Silvie’s thoughts. Without realising I slipped into her mind space, almost became Silvie as her intimate thoughts merged with mine. A claustrophobic feeling settles over the pages, as each word is read, emotions intensify and fear sinks, this really is clever writing indeed. Ghost Wall may be short in length, due to the feelings it evokes, it actually feels as though it is an immense read. This fabulous, provocative and powerful book comes as highly recommended from me, it also sits as one of my picks of the month.

Liz Robinson

Ghost Wall Synopsis

It is high summer in rural Northumberland. Seventeen-year-old Silvie and her parents have joined an encampment run by an archaeology professor with an interest in the region's dark history of ritual sacrifice. As Silvie finds a glimpse of new freedoms with the professor's students, her relationship with her overbearing father begins to deteriorate, until the haunting rites of the past begin to bleed into the present.

Win a set of Canongate Debuts Including Black Sunday!

Win a set of Canongate Debuts Including Black Sunday!

Closing date: 06/09/2020

"Black Sunday is a brilliant book that has the courage to talk about the big things with honesty, humanity and beauty." Joanne Owen, Expert Reviewer To celebrate the publication of Black Sunday we're giving away a bundle of 5 brilliant Canongate debuts! This draw is open only for UK residents currently in the UK and is free to enter, multiple entries from the same email address will only be counted once. The draw closes on 6th August 2020. The winners will be notified as soon as possible.

Enter Now

Ghost Wall Press Reviews

'I have never read a novel this slender that holds inside it quite so much. Wild, calm, dark yet hopeful... This book ratcheted the breath out of me so skilfully that as soon as I'd finished, the only thing I wanted was to read it again' Jessie Burton

If you loved this, you might like these...

The Weight of Small Things
Black Sunday
Foxfire, Wolfskin and Other Stories of Shapeshifting Women
Rainbow Milk

All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781783784462
Publication date: 06/06/2019
Publisher: Granta Books
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781783784455
Publication date: 20/09/2018
Publisher: Granta Books
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781783784462
Publication date: 6th June 2019
Author: Sarah Moss
Publisher: Granta Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 160 pages
Genres: Family Drama, Literary Fiction, Liz Robinson's Picks of the Month, Modern and Contemporary Fiction, Shorter Reads,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Sarah Moss

Sarah Moss was educated at Oxford University and is a senior Lecturer in Literature and Place at the Cornwall Campus of Exeter University. She spent 2009-10 as a visiting lecturer at the University of Reykavik. She co-edits, with Nicola Humble, the Food series at Manchester University Press. Night Waking is her second novel.   Author photo © Simon Burt

More About Sarah Moss

More Books By Sarah Moss

Cover for Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss
Cover for Night Waking by Sarah Moss
Cover for Cold Earth by Sarah Moss
View All Books By Sarah Moss

Share this book