By Tom Bullough
Addlands (i.e., headlands): the border of plough land that is ploughed final of all.
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The patriarch of Funnon Farm is Idris Hamer, stubborn, robust, a guy of the plough and the prayer-sheet, haunted by way of his early life within the trenches of France. The son is Oliver, a junior boxing champion and hell-raising neighborhood legend who turns out from delivery inextricably rooted to his nook of Wales. Bridging those men’s uneasy dating is Etty, a girl born right into a international unequipped to house her. Following the Hamer kin for seventy years, this novel’s attractiveness is in its natural and relocating prose, and its significant perception right into a conventional lifestyle splintering within the face of inevitable switch. Addlands is additionally a story of blood feuds and momentous revelations, of the nice dramas that simmer underneath the skin of the standard. via the entire upheavals of the 20th century, the single consistent is the residing presence of the land itself, a stunning, harsh, and haunting terrain that Tom Bullough conjures with the ability and charm of a master.
Praise for Addlands
“This is the booklet we have now been expecting from Tom Bullough, a whole murals, astonishingly attractive, deeply relocating, and gripping from first to last.”—Horatio Clare, winner of the Somerset Maugham Award
“Tom Bullough’s tale of 1 family’s fight in an international of continuity and alter is superbly imagined and exquisitely told—passionate, lyrical, profound, unhappy, and occasionally, too, for those who least anticipate it, very funny.”—Carys Davies, winner of the Frank O’Connor foreign brief tale Award
“Addlands is a beautiful and painstaking evocation of the land and those that paintings it. Bullough’s writing is a joy—disciplined, observant, and musical, blissfully freed from cliché.”—Andrew Miller, winner of the overseas IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
“An completely greatest e-book . . . Bullough roots the reader within the Welsh panorama, which like several inhabited landscapes is a spot in flux—he desires us to make it our domestic, to get a feeling of its mild and shadow and textures. Of this position he’s made an international that's wealthy and soaking up. at any time when I’d decide up Addlands to learn, I did so with relish—to go back to those pages is back to terrain so lushly imagined that it feels sumptuous to spend time there.”—John Darnielle, New York occasions bestselling writer of Wolf in White Van
“Addlands is a mesmerisingly appealing adventure, a haunting fusion of individual, position, and historical past. it's a rather very important contribution to the literature of the Welsh borders.”—Gerard Woodward
“Marrow-deep in its connection to put but international in its thematic exploration and importance, Addlands does what literature should still unstintingly aspire to do: make person lives the fundamental stuff of epic. In crystalline, excellent, and beautiful prose, Tom Bullough websites, convincingly and movingly, the whole heritage of those islands in a small element of Radnorshire. It’s an magnificent paintings of words”—Niall Griffiths
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Addlands: A Novel by Tom Bullough