Ghost Wall | Granta

  • Published: 06/06/2019
  • ISBN: 9781783784462
  • 129x20mm
  • 160 pages

Ghost Wall

Sarah Moss

‘Like nothing I have read before… stayed with me all summer… It deserves to [put her] on to the prize podiums.’ The Times

‘Moss has quietly… been putting out some of the most interesting and carefully sculpted novels of recent years… Ghost Wall… is her best novel yet’ Financial Times

Ghost Wall is a burnished gem of a book, brief and brilliant, and with it Moss’s star is firmly in the ascendant’ Guardian

‘…one of our very best contemporary novelists. How she hasn’t been nominated for the Man Booker Prize continues to mystify me’
The Independent

one of the finest contemporary writers working in Britain today’ Stylist

‘Is Sarah Moss the best British writer never nominated for the Booker? … as brief and unsettling as a bolt of lightning… pins us to the page with creeping menace’
Daily Mail

‘Amazing… disturbing and touching’ Maggie O’Farrell in The Times

‘An instant classic’ Emma Donoghue

‘This book ratcheted the breath out of me so skilfully, that as soon as I’d finished, the only thing I wanted was to read it again.’ Jessie Burton

Teenage Silvie and her parents are living in a hut in Northumberland as an exercise in experimental archaeology. Her father is a difficult man, obsessed with imagining and enacting the harshness of Iron Age life. Haunting Silvie’s narrative is the story of a bog girl, a young woman sacrificed by those closest to her, and the landscape both keeps and reveals the secrets of past violence and ritual as the summer builds to its harrowing climax.

A burnished gem... brilliant

Guardian

Stunningly good

Observer

Breathtaking

Metro

The Author

Sarah Moss is the author of several novels and a memoir of her year living in Iceland, Names for the Sea, shortlisted for the RSL Ondaatje Prize. Her novels are Summerwater, Cold Earth, Night Waking, Bodies of Light (shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize), Signs for Lost Children (shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize), The Tidal Zone (shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize) and Ghost Wall, which was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2019.

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‘Suddenly, your heart began; suddenly in the darkness of your mother’s womb there was a crackle and a flash and out of nothing, the current began to run.’