By Evie Wyld
From one among Granta’s top younger British Novelists, an emotionally strong, award-winning novel approximately an intruder haunted by way of an inescapable earlier.
Jake Whyte has retreated to a distant farmhouse on a craggy British island, a spot of ceaseless rains and battering winds, with purely her collie and a flock of sheep as partners. yet something—or someone—has started deciding on off her sheep one after the other. There are foxes within the woods, a wierd guy wandering the island, and rumors of a mysterious beast prowling at evening. and there's Jake’s relentless past—one she attempted to flee hundreds of thousands of miles away and years in the past, hid in obdurate silence and isolation and the scars that stripe her again. With remarkable artistry, All the Birds, Singing plumbs a lifetime of fierce fight and survival, sounding depths of unforeseen attractiveness and hard-won redemption.
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