The Sing of the Shore

The Sing of the Shore

Lucy Wood

ISBN
9780008193393
Pub date
05/04/2018
Imprint
Fourth Estate
Binding
Hardback
Format
A5 141x222mm
Extent
272 pages
Price
£14.99
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Book Overview


An uncanny, startlingly beautiful story collection steeped in the Cornish landscape, from the award-winning author of Diving Belles and Other Stories and Weathering.

At the very edge of England, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the land and visitors flock in with the summer like seagulls, there is a Cornwall that is not shown on postcards.

It is a place where communication cables buzz deep beneath the sand; where satellite dishes turn like flowers on clifftops, and where people drift like flotsam, caught in eddying tides. Restless children haunt empty holiday homes, a surfer struggles with the undertow of family life, a girl watches her childhood spin away from her in the whirl of a night-time fairground and, in a web of sea caves, a brother and sister search the dark for something lost.

These astonishing, beguiling stories of ghosts and shifting sands, of static caravans and shipwrecked cargo, explore notions of landscape and belonging, permanence and impermanence, and the way places can take hold and never quite let go.

About the author


Lucy Wood is the critically acclaimed author of Diving Belles, a collection of short stories based on Cornish folklore, and Weathering, a debut novel about mothers, daughters and ghosts. She has been longlisted for the Dublin Literary Award and the Dylan Thomas Prize, shortlisted for the Edge Hill Prize, and was runner-up in the BBC National Short Story Award. She has also received a Betty Trask Award, a Somerset Maugham Award and the Holyer an Gof Award. Weathering was named as one of The New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2016. She lives in Cornwall.

Reviews


  • ‘Heart-thumping miniature thrillers. There’s an uncanny, delicate quality to much of Wood’s prose that belies how difficult this kind of writing is to pull off’ Guardian
  • ‘She constructs a vivid, uneasy fictional geography of modern Cornwall’ Jonathan McAloon, Spectator
  • ‘The Sing of the Shore shows Lucy Wood at the top of her considerable game. Best enjoyed with the woodburner stoked up and hail lashing the windows, these discreetly linked stories conjure a wholly original Cornish Gothic: now sad, now funny, now so profoundly creepy you’ll check that dark corner of the room before continuing’ Patrick Gale, author of Notes from an Exhibition
  • ‘Rain-drenched, windswept and haunted – this is how I felt as I read The Sing of the Shore. Wood’s is a Cornwall filled with uneasy spirits, both living and dead, but that also welcomed me in with wry gossip and knowing looks. Absorbing, beautiful, and deeply uncanny, this collection soaked me through and will linger in my bones’ Zoe Gilbert, author of Folk
  • ‘The sounds of the sea and the weather ripple through these eerie, exceptional stories set in a Cornwall that is, by turns, moody and melancholy, winder-filled and woebegone’ Eithne Farry, Daily Mail
  • ‘The stories of The Sing of the Shore continue to resonate long after you have closed its covers, and form a remarkably fine collection, beautiful and unsettling’ Shiny New Books
  • ‘These haunting, elegiac stories capture bleak moments of unfulfilled lives’ S Magazine, Sunday Express
  • ‘Mesmerising short-story collection…the writing is so good it is hard to resist’ Leaf Arbuthnot, Sunday Times
  • ‘Elegant new collection of stories … Every figure is wonderfully observed, their lives made poignant and moving in a few brief pages’ Lamorna Ash, TLS
  • ‘The writing is so good, [the stories] are hard to resist’ Leaf Arbuthnot, Sunday Times