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Starve Acre

Starve Acre

The new novel from ‘the new master of menace’ (Sunday Times)

The worst thing possible has happened. Richard and Juliette Willoughby’s son, Ewan, has died suddenly at the age of five. Starve Acre, their house by the moors, was to be full of life, but is now a haunted place.

Juliette, convinced Ewan still lives there in some form, seeks the help of the Beacons, a seemingly benevolent group of occultists. Richard, to try and keep the boy out of his mind, has turned his attention to the field opposite the house, where he patiently digs the barren dirt in search of a legendary oak tree.

Starve Acre is a devastating new novel by the author of the prize-winning bestseller The Loney. It is a novel about the way in which grief splits the world in two and how, in searching for hope, we can so easily unearth horror.

(P) 2019 Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 31st October 2019

Price: £16.99

ISBN-13: 9781529387292


A fine writer, with concerns that place him a little to the left of the literary mainstream, a remove that makes him extremely interesting
John Boyne, Irish Times
Hurley is fantastically adept at conveying something beyond the natural or the normal
There is such pleasure in seeing Hurley go about his craft
Sarah Perry, Guardian
Startlingly and daringly original, a story that shivers itself deeply into the consciousness
David Park, author of the 2018 Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Travelling in a Strange Land
Hurley's work is like a reincarnation of novels such as John Buchan's Witch Wood or the stories of M.R. James. His prose is precise and his eye gimlet
The Spectator
A superb storyteller
The Times