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  • John Murray
  • John Murray
  • John Murray

Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

A beautiful, thrilling and unsettling debut novel.

THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP 10 BESTSELLER. WINNER OF THE 2015 COSTA FIRST NOVEL AWARD.
THE BRITISH BOOK AWARDS BOOK OF THE YEAR 2016.

A brilliantly unsettling and atmospheric debut full of unnerving horror - 'The Loney is not just good, it's great. It's an amazing piece of fiction' Stephen King

Two brothers. One mute, the other his lifelong protector.

Year after year, their family visits the same sacred shrine on a desolate strip of coastline known as the Loney, in desperate hope of a cure.

In the long hours of waiting, the boys are left alone. And they cannot resist the causeway revealed with every turn of the treacherous tide, the old house they glimpse at its end . . .

Many years on, Hanny is a grown man no longer in need of his brother's care.

But then the child's body is found.

And the Loney always gives up its secrets, in the end.

'This is a novel of the unsaid, the implied, the barely grasped or understood, crammed with dark holes and blurry spaces that your imagination feels compelled to fill' Observer

'A masterful excursion into terror' The Sunday Times

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Praise for The Loney

  • The Loney is a stunning novel - about faith, the uncanny, strange rituals, and the oddity of human experience. Beautifully written, it's immensely entertaining, but also deep and wide. A moving evocation of desolate wilderness and a marvel of complex characterization, The Loney is one of my favorite reads of the past couple of years - Jeff VanderMeer, New York Times-bestselling author of the Southern Reach trilogy

  • The Loney transcends its generic roots by virtue of its depth and subtlety, imbuing horror with an inti

  • A modern classic: superbly eerie, beautifully human and immensely readable - Adam Roberts

  • The Loney is one of the best novels I've read in years. From the very first page, I knew I was in the hands of a master. Atmospheric, psychologically astute, and saturated with the kind of electrifying wrongness that makes for pleasurably sleepless nights. - Kelly Link

  • Modern classics in this genre are rare, and instant ones even rarer; The Loney, however, looks as though it may be both - Sunday Telegraph

  • The Loney is not just good, it's great. It's an amazing piece of fiction - Stephen King

  • I can't remember a more confident debut: a mingling of horror, domestic strife and metaphysical ambiguities set against an arrestingly vivid landscape. Brilliant - Adam Thorpe

  • Modern classics in this genre are rare, and instant ones even rarer; The Loney, however, looks as though it may be both - Sunday Telegraph

  • The Loney is a stunning novel - about faith, the uncanny, strange rituals, and the oddity of human experience. Beautifully written, it's immensely entertaining, but also deep and wide. A moving evocation of desolate wilderness and a marvel of complex characterization,The Loney is one of my favorite reads of the past couple of years.

  • The Loney is a stunning novel - about faith, the uncanny, strange rituals, and the oddity of human experience. Beautifully written, it's immensely entertaining, but also deep and wide. A moving evocation of desolate wilderness and a marvel of complex characterization, The Loney is one of my favorite reads of the past couple of years - Jeff VanderMeer, New York Times-bestselling author of the Southern Reach trilogy

  • A thrilling first novel - Publishers Weekly

  • A modern classic: superbly eerie, beautifully human and immensely readable.

  • A modern classic: superbly eerie, beautifully human and immensely readable - Adam Roberts

  • The Loney transcends its generic roots by virtue of its depth and subtlety, imbuing horror with an intimacy, flavour and scent, meanwhile suggesting that horror's true face is meaningless, indifferent - and brilliantly blank - Grace McCleen

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Andrew Michael Hurley

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.