From a rising star of British fiction, one of 2014’s most widely acclaimed novels: an award-winning story of a grieving farmer who is battling to keep his life from falling apart.
Deep in rural Wales, a farmer is struggling through lambing season when he becomes aware that his land is being stalked by a badger baiter who brings with him the stark threat of violence. Built of the interlocking fates of these two solitary men, this is a searing story of isolation and loss, from a writer of uncommon gifts.
Cynan Jones was born near Aberaeron, Wales in 1975. His previous novels are The Long Dry (winner of a Betty Trask Award in 2007), Everything I Found on the Beach, and the retelling of a medieval Welsh myth Bird, Blood, Snow. The chapter ‘The Dig’ from this novel was one of the outstanding pieces in Granta Magazine’s Britain issue of 2012 – and shortlisted for the Sunday Times/ EFG Short Story Award 2013.