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

Starve Acre

by Andrew Michael Hurley

Family Drama Literary Fiction Modern and Contemporary Fiction Relationship Stories Sci-Fi and Fantasy Spine-Chilling Fiction Star Books

LoveReading View on Starve Acre

So beautifully written, the chills prowl with unexpected menace to climb inside your thoughts, to lurk and provoke. Richard and Juliette’s son Ewan died at the age of 5, Juliette, convinced that her son is still in the house turns to a group of occultists, while Richard searches for the remains of a hangman’s oak tree opposite their home Starve Acre. Andrew Michael Hurley doesn’t waste a single word, each forms a web to create a picture as he captures the essence of a thought or thing. As the story grows, as the oak planted itself in my minds eye, the unsettling force of grief came to settle over everything. I sank into this tale and couldn’t leave, reading from the deep, dark and incredibly soulful first page through to the startling last in one heady afternoon. Folklore gathers in the background, grief preys on the unsuspecting, and a compelling story unfolds. Highly recommended, I have chosen Starve Acre as one of my picks of the month, and a LoveReading Star Book.

Liz Robinson

Starve Acre Synopsis

The worst thing possible has happened. Richard and Juliette Willoughby's son, Ewan, has died suddenly at the age of five. Starve Acre, their house by the moors, was to be full of life, but is now a haunted place.

Juliette, convinced Ewan still lives there in some form, seeks the help of the Beacons, a seemingly benevolent group of occultists. Richard, to try and keep the boy out of his mind, has turned his attention to the field opposite the house, where he patiently digs the barren dirt in search of a legendary oak tree.

Starve Acre is a devastating new novel by the author of the prize-winning bestseller The Loney. It is a novel about the way in which grief splits the world in two and how, in searching for hope, we can so easily unearth horror.

Starve Acre Press Reviews

Hurley is fantastically adept at conveying something beyond the natural or the normal - Observer

A fine writer, with concerns that place him a little to the left of the literary mainstream, a remove that makes him extremely interesting - John Boyne, Irish Times

Hurley's work is like a reincarnation of novels such as John Buchan's Witch Wood or the stories of M.R. James. His prose is precise and his eye gimlet - The Spectator

A superb storyteller - The Times

There is such pleasure in seeing Hurley go about his craft - Sarah Perry, Guardian

Startlingly and daringly original, a story that shivers itself deeply into the consciousness - David Park, author of the 2018 Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Travelling in a Strange Land

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

The End of Men
Hold Up the Sky
Ashes of the Sun
The Memory Project

All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781529387308
Publication date: 29/10/2020
Publisher: John Murray Publishers Ltd an imprint of John Murray Press
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781529387261
Publication date: 31/10/2019
Publisher: John Murray Publishers Ltd an imprint of John Murray Press
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781529387261
Publication date: 31st October 2019
Author: Andrew Michael Hurley
Publisher: John Murray Publishers Ltd an imprint of John Murray Press
Format: Hardback
Genres: Family Drama, Literary Fiction, Liz Robinson's Picks of the Month, Modern and Contemporary Fiction, Relationship Stories, Sci-Fi and Fantasy, Spine-Chilling Fiction, Star Books,
Collections: Spine-Chilling Fiction,

About Andrew Michael Hurley

Andrew Michael Hurley has lived in Manchester and London, and is now based in Lancashire, where he teaches English Literature and Creative Writing. He has had two collections of short stories published by Lime Tree Press. The Loney is his first novel - it was first published in October 2014 by Tartarus Press, a tiny independent publisher based in Yorkshire, as a 300-copy limited-edition.   Author photo © Johnny Bean

More About Andrew Michael Hurley

More Books By Andrew Michael Hurley

Cover for Starve Acre by Andrew Michael Hurley
Cover for Devil's Day by Andrew Michael Hurley
Cover for The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley
View All Books By Andrew Michael Hurley

Share this book