As late summer steals in and the final pearls of barley are gleaned, a village comes under threat. A trio of outsiders -- two men and a dangerously magnetic woman -- arrives on the woodland borders triggering a series of events that will see Walter Thirsk's village unmade in just seven days: the harvest blackened by smoke and fear, cruel punishment meted out to the innocent, and allegations of witchcraft. But something even darker is at the heart of Walter's story, and he will be the only man left to tell it ...
Shortlisted for Goldsmiths Prize 2013 and Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2013.
'Inimitably excellent, Jim Crace stands on his own ground among living English novelists' Boyd Tonkin, Independent 'Jim Crace is a magician ... no one else writes with such a strange, enchanted clarity' Evening Standard 'Extraordinary' Guardian 'As finely written as it is tautly structured ... an achievement worthy to stand alongside those of William Golding' Peter Kemp, Sunday Times 'Crace is a most meticulous and original novelist and this is one of his unquestionable masterpieces' Philip Hensher, Spectator 'Masterly, elegiac' Sunday Times Culture
Jim Crace is the prize-winning author of eleven books, including Continent (winner of the 1986 Whitbread First Novel Award and the Guardian Fiction Prize), Quarantine (winner of the 1998 Whitbread Novel of the Year and shortlisted for the Booker Prize) and Being Dead (winner of the 2001 National Book Critics Circle Award).