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The Bass Rock

Evie Wyld

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Surging out of the sea, the Bass Rock has for centuries watched over the lives that pass under its shadow on the Scottish mainland. And across the centuries the fates of three women are linked: to this place, to each other.
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"a tribute to our better natures"

The Guardian

The Bass Rock A01 By (author) N Evie Wyld 222 144 33 510 BB Hardback 368 Jonathan Cape Ltd Vintage Publishing London United Kingdom FA Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945) FV Historical fiction 3JF c 1700 to c 1800 3JJPG c 1945 to c 1960 3JM 21st century 1DBKESL London, Greater London 1DBKS Scotland 1.3 FBA FXD FV Modern & contemporary fiction Narrative theme: Love & relationships Historical fiction 3ML 3MPQM 3MRB 1DDU-GB-ESL 1DDU-GB-S 18th century, c 1700 to c 1799 c 1950 to c 1959 Early 21st century c 2000 to c 2050 London, Greater London Scotland 'A modern gothic triumph. Spectacularly well-observed, profoundly disquieting and utterly riveting. Like all Evie Wyld's work it is startlingly insightful about psychological and physical abuse. It is a haunting, masterful novel.' -Max Porter Surging out of the sea, the Bass Rock has for centuries watched over the lives that pass under its shadow on the Scottish mainland. And across the centuries the fates of three women are linked: to this place, to each other. In the early 1700s, Sarah, accused of being a witch, flees for her life. In the aftermath of the Second World War, Ruth navigates a new house, a new husband and the strange waters of the local community. Six decades later, the house stands empty. Viv, mourning the death of her father, catalogues Ruth's belongings and discovers her place in the past - and perhaps a way forward. Each woman's choices are circumscribed, in ways big and small, by the men in their lives. But in sisterhood there is the hope of survival and new life. Intricately crafted and compulsively readable, The Bass Rock burns bright with anger and love. [A] menacing, modern-Gothic novel...Balancing a superbly controlled sense of dread with fierce anger, Wyld's intense novel is one that will get under your skin and stay there. -- Francesca Carington * Tatler * Wyld is unhesitatingly brave in her writing... She has an instinctive understanding of the interchangeability between humans and nature that can border, thrillingly, on animism... Wyld's delineation of the era is cut-glass perfect... Her prose shines, even as it devours. -- Catherine Taylor * Financial Times * An implacable witness to centuries of violence... this [is a] spikily beautiful novel. -- Siobhan Murphy * The Times * Evie Wyld is the author of two excellent novels but she moves up a gear with her third... Wyld's superbly written...stories mirror and haunt each other in shockingly satisfying ways... Each of these separately lonely women are startlingly well drawn, yet the threads running through their lives are universal... The Bass Rock deserves to win prizes. -- Claire Allfree * Metro * Evie Wyld's tremendous new novel, The Bass Rock, is a powerful and beautifully written narrative of male violence and the three women who endured it. -- William Boyd * Daily Telegraph * Powerful, intensely absorbing... Wyld is as gifted as Phoebe Waller-Bridge at capturing the hilarious, the excruciating and the absurd. -- Stephanie Cross * Daily Mail * A rising star of British fiction... Wyld's slow, controlled build-up of dread is excellent... Most powerful of all is Wyld's evocation of a hairs-on-the-neck sense of foreboding when women interact with volatile men. -- Francesca Carington * Sunday Telegraph, *Novel of the Week* * Searingly controlled...psychologically fearless and...bitterly funny. Wyld is a genius of contrasting voices and revealed connections, while her foreshadowings are so subtle that the book demands - and eminently repays - a second read. -- Justine Jordan * Guardian * A multilayered masterpiece; vivid, chilling, leaping jubilantly through space and time, it's a jaw dropping novel that confirms Wyld as one of our most gifted young writers. -- Alex Preston * Observer * Like Ali Smith's novels crossed with the TV series Fleabag... [The Bass Rock is] a vividly imagined portrait... There's much to admire in its little miracles of observation... [Evie Wyld] knows how to maintain suspense, what to withhold and when to reveal it - right up to the spine-chilling last line. -- Johanna Thomas-Corr * Sunday Times * Evie Wyld's debut novel, After the Fire, A Still Small Voice, was shortlisted for the Impac Prize and awarded the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. Her second, All the Birds, Singing, won the Miles Franklin Prize, the Encore Prize and the EU Prize for Literature, and shortlisted for the Costa Best Novel awards. In 2013 she was named as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists, having previously been named by the BBC as one of the twelve best new British writers. She lives in Peckham. 26032020 02 RRP including tax GB GBP 16.99 0.00 16.99 This price includes a tax element GB 20 Available 26032020 14 ARGOSY BERT BKSPD GARD Y

'A modern gothic triumph. Spectacularly well-observed, profoundly disquieting and utterly riveting. Like all Evie Wyld's work it is startlingly insightful about psychological and physical abuse. It is a haunting, masterful novel.' -Max Porter

Surging out of the sea, the Bass Rock has for centuries watched over the lives that pass under its shadow on the Scottish mainland. And across the centuries the fates of three women are linked: to this place, to each other.

In the early 1700s, Sarah, accused of being a witch, flees for her life.

In the aftermath of the Second World War, Ruth navigates a new house, a new husband and the strange waters of the local community.

Six decades later, the house stands empty. Viv, mourning the death of her father, catalogues Ruth's belongings and discovers her place in the past - and perhaps a way forward.

Each woman's choices are circumscribed, in ways big and small, by the men in their lives. But in sisterhood there is the hope of survival and new life. Intricately crafted and compulsively readable, The Bass Rock burns bright with anger and love.

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Book publisherVintage Publishing
Publication date26 Mar 2020
FormatHardback
Pages368
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