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Starve Acre: BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime

Andrew Michael Hurley

3 Reviews

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

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.

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Praise for Starve Acre: BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime

  • 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

  • A deeply unsettling tale, superbly told - Bookseller

  • A brilliant interweaving of psychological realism, folklore, and the haunting presence of the supernatural. I would put it in the company of some of M. R. James's fiction, Daphne du Maurier's 'Don't Look Now', Piers Haggard's The Blood on Satan's Claw, and Ira Levin's Rosemary's Baby . . . in his ability to render the liminal space between the psychological and supernatural, Hurley most closely resembles Shirley Jackson . . . Andrew Michael Hurley is writing the very best folk horror fiction out there. In that, he has no rival. Indeed, he's writing some of the best fiction period. His novels cannot be easily categorized. They are always luminous representations of human nature, in all its frailty, spliced together with the disconcerting power of the natural world and the myths and rituals by which we attempt to reconcile ourselves to that power. In the interstices of these things-human emotion, nature, ritual-Hurley offers glimpses of what we could call the supernatural - Horror Home Room

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Andrew Michael Hurley

Andrew Michael Hurley is based in Lancashire. His first novel, The Loney, was originally published by Tartarus Press as a 300-copy limited edition, before being republished by John Murray. It went on to sell in twenty languages, win the Costa Best First Novel Award and the Book of the Year at the British Book Industry Awards. Devil's Day, his second novel, was picked as a Book of the Year in five newspapers, and won the Encore Award.

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