Elmet

A Novel

by Fiona Mozley

On Sale: 12/05/2017

Elmet

A Novel

by Fiona Mozley

On Sale: 12/05/2017

Format:

International Dublin Literary Award

About the Book

Fresh and distinctive writing from an exciting new voice in fiction, Elmet is an unforgettable novel about family. 

Daniel is heading north. He is looking for someone. The simplicity of his early life with Daddy and Cathy has turned sour and fearful. They lived apart in the house that Daddy built for them with his bare hands. They foraged and hunted. When they were younger, Daniel and Cathy had gone to school. But they were not like the other children then, and they were even less like them now. Sometimes Daddy disappeared, and would return with a rage in his eyes. But when he was at home he was at peace. He told them that the little copse in Elmet was theirs alone. But that wasn't true. Local men, greedy and watchful, began to circle like vultures. All the while, the terrible violence in Daddy grew.

Atmospheric and unsettling, Elmet is a lyrical commentary on contemporary society and one family's precarious place in it, as well as an exploration of how deep the bond between father and child can go.

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Critical Praise

“A quiet explosion of a book, exquisite and unforgettable.” - The Economist

“Pastoral idyll, political exposé, cosy family saga and horror tale, it reads like a traditional children’s story that turns into a gangster film: Hansel and Gretel meets The Godfather” - Sunday Times (London)

An impressive slice of contemporary noir steeped in Yorkshire legend . . . Elmet possesses a rich and unfussy lyricism.” - The Guardian

There is a hint of Grimms’ Fairy Tales in the blending of the pastoral and the macabre, and Mozley has a lot of fun showing how an unconventional childhood can be both inspirational and scary . . . one looks forward to more from the same pen.”  - Mail on Sunday

“A work of troubling beauty . . . Brutal, bleak, ethereal, Mozley’s novel combines parable with urgent contemporary truths about dispossession and exploitation. Reading Elmet leaves the metallic taste of blood in the mouth: centuries old, yet as fresh as today.” - New Statesman

“The scattered moments of raw talent are arresting.” - The Times (London)

“A brooding study of family and belonging.” - Daily Telegraph (London)

At its best, it reminds you of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.” - Metro

“Mozley is a gifted writer . . . Pastoral idyll, political exposé, cosy family saga and horror tale, it reads like a traditional children’s story that turns into a gangster film: Hansel and Gretel meets The Godfather.” - Sunday Times (London)

“Thrums with all the energy and life of the forests that surround the family . . . Rhythmic and lilting, the writing is dreamily poetic.” - Financial Times

“Mozley performs lyrical feats of portraiture . . . a novel that straddles the centuries, simultaneously modern and backward-looking, Hardeyesque yet fully engaged with contemporary politics.” - Literary Review

“A forceful first novel.” - The Times (London)

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443456036
  • ISBN 10: 1443456039
  • Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers
  • On Sale: 12/05/2017
  • Pages: 320
  • List Price:19.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Coming of Age
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Literary
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Family Life

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