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Ness
Macfarlane, Robert
  • ISBN:
    9780241396568
    Hardback
    In Stock: 1
  • $34.99 
  • Ness



    Eerie, unsettling and hauntingly beautiful - a new collaboration from the bestselling creators of Holloway

    'Ness goes beyond what we expect books to do. Beyond poetry, beyond the word, beyond the bomb -- it is an aftertime song. It is dark, ever so dark, nimble and lethal. It is a triumphant libretto of mythic modernism for our poisoned age. Ness is something else, and feels like it always has been' Max Porter, Booker-longlisted author of Lanny and Grief is the Thing with Feathers

    What happens when the land comes to life?

    Somewhere on a salt-and-shingle island, inside a concrete-and-iron structure called The Green Chapel, a figure called The Armourer is leading a black mass. He plans to detonate a thermonuclear missile. But something is coming to stop him.

    Five more-than-human figures - or forms, or forces - are traversing the landscape, moving steadily towards a point where they will converge and become Ness. Ness is the land awakened. Ness is lichen skin and willow-bower bones, condensing mist, tidal drift and deep time. Ness has hagstones for eyes and Ness speaks only in birds, firecrests in the day and swifts after dusk. And Ness has come to take this island back.

    Robert Macfarlane is the author of The Lost Words with Jackie Morris, The Old Ways and Underland, among other books.

    Stanley Donwood is an artist and the author of Slowly Downward and Household Worms. His next books are There Will Be No Quiet and Bad Island.

    Author: Macfarlane, Robert
    Publication date: 07/11/2019
    Imprint: Hamish Hamilton UK
    Pages: 96