The second novel from the author of the award-winning bestseller THE LONEY.
Every autumn, John Pentecost returns to the Lancashire farm where he grew up to help gather the sheep from the moors. Generally, very little changes in the Briardale Valley, but this year things are different. His grandfather - known to everyone as the Gaffer - has died and John's new wife, Katherine, is accompanying him for the first time.
Every year, the Gaffer would redraw the boundary lines of the village, with pen and paper but also through the remembrance of folk tales, family stories and timeless communal rituals which keep the sheep safe from the Devil. This year, though, the determination of some members of the community to defend those boundary lines has strengthened, and John and Katherine must decide where their loyalties lie, and whether they are prepared to make the sacrifices necessary to join the tribe...
Gripping, unsettling and beautifully written, Andrew Michael Hurley's new novel asks how much we owe to tradition, and how far we will go to belong.
Much-anticipated second novel from the author of The Loney - Bookseller
Hurley knows how to build a dark, uneasy atmosphere, and fans of The Loney will find plenty to enjoy. - Herald Sun
Hurley is an elegant, poetic writer with an artist's view of landscape. He draws in the reader, revealing the social complexities of small communities while gradually enveloping everything with a thickening cloak of unease. This is super, slow-burn, creepy. - Still Not Fussed
Horror is a melodramatic genre and it takes a gifted writer to frighten the reader in any truly visceral way. It's hard to say quite how Andrew Michael Hurley does it but this novel is genuinely creepy. - Western Advocate
Andrew Michael Hurley has lived in Manchester and London, and is now based in Lancashire. His first novel, The Loney, was originally published by Tartarus Press, a tiny independent publisher based in Yorkshire, as a 300-copy limited-edition, before being republished by John Murray and going on to win the Costa Best First Novel Award and Book of the Year at the British Book Industry Awards in 2016.