“Elmet by Fiona Mozley is a beautifully written novel about a very ugly world. When a tough and scrabble father decide to raise his children off the grid in a remote corner of England, the local kingpin decides to make an example. Told through the eyes of the sensitive teenage son, Elmet is a tribute to family and living in nature which contrasts sharply with the underground violence and lawlessness that pervades the countryside. The narration of this audiobook blended the perfect combination of innocence and reality that kept me on edge during the entire read.”Phyllis, Wellesley Books
In this atmospheric and profoundly moving debut, Cathy and Daniel live with their father, John, in the remote woods of Yorkshire, in a house the three of them built themselves. John is a gentle brute of a man, a former enforcer who fights for money when he has to, but who otherwise just wants to be left alone to raise his children. When a local landowner shows up on their doorstep, their precarious existence is threatened, and a series of actions is set in motion that can only end in violence. Steeped in the natural world of northern England, this is a lyrical commentary on the bonds of siblings and fatherhood, and on the meaning of community in the modern world. Elmet marks the launch of a major new voice in literary fiction.
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