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Cold Boy's Wood

Carol Birch

Publisher: Apollo

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Summary

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

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