Welcome to Festivals’ Book Club, in association with Vintage Books. Each month, we’ll be reading a different title and would love you to join us: either at our live book group in Cheltenham, or by sharing your thoughts online.
- We’ll announce the title on cheltenhamfestivals.com
- You have four weeks to read it
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- Four weeks later, read what our Book Group thought and add your own opinions and comments online
July Book Club:
All the Birds, Singing Evie Wyld
In association with
The follow-up to the prizewinning and highly acclaimed After the Fire, A Still Small Voice by an author named as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists 2013
Longlisted for The Bailey’s Prize for Fiction
Shortlisted for The Encore Award; the Jerwood Prize for Fiction; the James Tait Black Prize
Unsettling, dark and extraordinarily fresh. It feels eccentrically, wonderfully British… An inimitable, original new voice.
Jake Whyte is the sole resident of an old farmhouse on an unnamed British island, a place of ceaseless rains and battering winds. It’s just her, her untamed companion, Dog, and a flock of sheep. Which is how she wanted it to be. But something is coming for the sheep – every few nights it picks one off, leaves it in rags.
It could be anything. There are foxes in the woods, a strange boy and a strange man, rumours of an obscure, formidable beast. And there is Jake’s unknown past, perhaps breaking into the present, a story hidden thousands of miles away and years ago, in a landscape of different colour and sound, a story held in the scars that stripe her back.
Thursday, July 10th at The Daily Bean, COOK, Bath Road, Cheltenham
Cheltenham Festivals Member? Apply for your free book and chance to attend.
Can’t attend? Save 5% on this title at Waterstones Cheltenham with Cheltenham Festivals Membership.
‘The closest cousin to All the Birds, Singing is Iain Banks’ masterly first novel, The Wasp Factory… Evie Wyld’s books are quite as good as Ian McEwan’s early fiction. Expect to hear her name often from now on.
Note from the editor
Jake is a tough and fearless woman, living alone on a bleak British island with her herd of sheep and Dog, her untamed companion. She’s determined to make this life she’s carved out for herself work, and to find out who – or what – is taking her sheep in the night and leaving them in tatters. Flashbacks drawing on the author’s Australian heritage gradually reveal what brought Jake to this storm-battered island from the hostile, empty Outback. Tightly plotted, sinister and suspenseful, the promise Evie Wyld showed with her debut, After the Fire, a Still Small Voice, is realised with this powerful novel. All the Birds, Singing is beautifully written, highly accomplished and a gripping read.
Fran Jessop, Editor, Vintage Books