Falling animals

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On an isolated beach set against a lonely, windswept coastline, a pale figure sits serenely against a sand dune staring out to sea. Months later, after a fruitless investigation, the nameless stranger is buried in an unmarked grave. But the mystery of his life and death lingers on, drawing the nearby villagers into its wake. From strandings to shipwrecks, it is not the first time that strangeness has washed up on their shores. Told through a chorus of voices, ‘Falling Animals’ follows the crosshatching threads of lives both true and imagined, real and surreal, past and present.

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*A BBC 2 BETWEEN THE COVERS BOOK CLUB PICK *An immensely impressive debut from a major literary talent JOSEPH O’CONNOR‘Lush, lyrical and cleverly-constructed. A beautiful book’ LOUISE KENNEDYThe disquieting story of an unidentified man as told by those who crossed paths with him on the last day of his life, Sheila Armstrong’s debut novel is haunting, lyrical and darkly suspensefulOn an isolated beach set against a lonely, windswept coastline, a pale figure sits serenely against a sand dune staring out to sea. His hands are folded neatly in his lap, his ankles are crossed and there is a faint smile on his otherwise lifeless face.Months later, after a fruitless investigation, the nameless stranger is buried in an unmarked grave. But the mystery of his life and death lingers on, drawing the nearby villagers into its wake. From strandings to shipwrecks, it is not the first time that strangeness has washed up on their shores.Told through a chorus of voices, Falling Animals follows the crosshatching threads of lives both true and imagined, real and surreal, past and present. Slowly, over great time and distance, the story of one man, alone on a beach, begins to unravel. Elegiac and atmospheric, dark and disquieting, Sheila Armstrong’s debut novel marks her arrival as one of the most uniquely gifted writers at work in literary fiction today. Reader Reviews ‘Beautifully written and gently catches the reader with its meditative prose and deep humanity’‘Such a beautiful book’‘Gorgeous wild setting and achingly recognisable characters’

Additional information

Weight0.256 kg
Dimensions21.6 × 13.5 × 1.9 cm
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Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

240

Language

English

Edition

Export ed

Dewey

823.92 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K