She that lay, silent-like, upon our shore

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The leviathan, a colossal grey whale, washes up on the shore of a small island. Cut off from the rest of the world, and lashed by the unforgiving sea, its inhabitants turn to their religious leader, the Prelate, to save them from the ominous arrival of this intruder. He, along with the Stone Throwers, his acolytes who bombard the sea with shingle and rock in an attempt to subdue it, understand that this beast is none other than the devil, come to wreak havoc on the island and end their way of life altogether. A young miscreant – our narrator – fights to save the whale from these zealots and protect the shoreline to which he has been exiled. Unbeknownst to them they are about to unleash a force that ensures life on the island will never be the same again.

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‘An act of pure imagination: this is one of those stories that arrive fully formed in the writer’s head, asking to be written first and understood later. The result is a kind of vision, told with great attention to language, voice and tone’ ANNE ENRIGHT


‘Strange and darkly wondrous . . . like a wild and witty outtake from a folkloric Moby-Dick‘ PHILIP HOARE


A creature from another world had collided with ours – a reckonin she might properwise be knowt, a great reckonin had washed upon our shores, and I ran twort it.

On a remote island in the northern seas an unnamed boy is exiled from his community and cast into the Wastelands. In his struggle to survive he breaks away from the strictures of his upbringing and aligns himself with the beauty and brutality of the natural world. The Leviathan, a colossal beast that strands itself upon the shore, is the embodiment of everything the boy has yearned for and he vows to protect it with his life. The community’s religious leader, the Prelate, proclaims the creature to be the devil incarnate, triggering a physical and philosophical battle that will propel life on the island towards a bloody and inevitable end.

Told in a remarkable narrative voice, She That Lay Silent-like Upon Our Shore is a powerful fable about loyalty, isolation and humanity’s complex relationship with nature.

Additional information

Weight0.24 kg
Dimensions21.4 × 13.4 × 2.2 cm
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Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

224

Language

English

Edition

C format original

Dewey

823.92 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K