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Cold Boy's Wood
01 Apr 2021 * TRADE PAPERBACK * £14.99 * 9781838939427

A body is uncovered in a mudslide just outside the village of Andwiston. In the pub they talk of a murder, but Dan – sometime mechanic, constant drunk – is finding it hard to sift through his jumbled memories.

Fiction / FH (Thrillers)
Extent: 352 pages  Format: 228 x 145 mm
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Cold Boy's WoodCarol Birch

Fusing the ghost story with sharp, psychological insight, this is a brilliant and timely novel about loneliness, buried secrets and the havoc they play on the mind from Booker-shortlisted author Carol Birch.

Did you hear? Big landslip over by Ercol. Last night. The road into Gully's closed off. They found a body. Got police tape. All that stuff. They only do that for murder, don't they? Murder!

A body has been uncovered in a mudslide just outside the village of Andwiston. In the pub they talk of murder, but Dan – sometime mechanic, constant drunk – is finding it hard to sift through his jumbled memories. Watching him from the dark is Lorna, a lost soul living in the woods, haunted by ghosts and a vision from her childhood: a cold boy standing alone in Gallinger's field.

Praise for Carol Birch:

'A naturally literary writer who can, with a simple image, evoke the deepest emotion' GUARDIAN

'Her prose has an irresistible vigour ... her words sing on the page' FINANCIAL TIMES

Carol Birch is the award-winning writer of twelve novels, including Jamrach's Menagerie, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2011. Her first novel, Life in the Palace, won the David Higham Award for Fiction (Best First Novel of the Year), and her second novel, The Fog Line, won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. Born in Manchester, she now lives in Lancaster.

Brilliant new novel from one of this country's finest literary writers.

Birch was shortlisted for the Booker with Jamrach's Menagerie.

Timely, gripping literary thriller, which touches on issues of mental health, ageing, social care and isolation.

MARKET: Ali Smith; Jim Crace (Harvest); Francine Toon (Pine); Fiona Mosley (Elmet).


'At once elusive and intense, this suspenseful psychological mystery teems with ghosts from the past as a body is unearthed in a rural village' LoveReading. LoveReading

PRAISE FOR CAROL BIRCH:
'Birch is a naturally literary writer who can, with a simple image, evoke the deepest emotion' Guardian.
'Carol Birch's fiction continues to stretch bodies and minds to breaking point ... Marvellous and terrifying' Sunday Times.
'One of the best stories I've ever read; an extraordinarily good and completely original book' A.S. Byatt, on Jamrach's Menagerie.
'Her prose has an irresistible vigour ... Her words sing on the page' Financial Times.
'Her candid northern voice cuts sadness free of sentimentality and finds intensity and drama in the everyday'
The Times

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