Jake Whyte is the sole resident of an old farmhouse on an unnamed British island, a place of ceaseless rains and battering winds. It’s just her, her untamed companion, Dog, and a flock of sheep. Which is how she wanted it to be. But something is coming for the sheep – every few nights it picks one off, leaves it in rags.
It could be anything. There are foxes in the woods, a strange boy and a strange man, rumours of an obscure, formidable beast. And there is Jake’s unknown past, perhaps breaking into the present, a story hidden thousands of miles away and years ago, in a landscape of different colour and sound, a story held in the scars that stripe her back.
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Wyld is a writer who reconfigures the conventions of storytelling with a sure-footedness and ambition which belie her age... What makes the book so outstanding is the beauty and simplicity of the writing. - Spectator
A hair-prickling thriller… It's the quality of [Wyld's] prose that really blows your mind. - Metro
Some novels are crafted with such care that it seems a shame reviewers should get to paw them before readers have the chance to admire their intricacy... Ingeniously constructed narrative. - Literary Review
Beautifully written. - Civilian
Wyld's writing...is exquisite. An unusual novel that should win its author even more prizes. - The Simple Things
Admirably original. - Evening Standard
Her writing is precise, intense, haunting and poetic… A nuanced exploration of human suffering and resilience. Wyld’s writing seems to come from somewhere deep; somewhere a little big unnerving and odd. For once, the hype matches the talent. - Sunday Times
Compelling. - Sunday Telegraph
There is a fantastically handled creeping dread to the narrative flow… The ambiguity of Jake's story and her history are played with brilliantly throughout, making this an eerie, creepy kind of existential thriller. - Big Issue
Tim Winton [is] a writer with whom the fearless Wyld deserves serious comparison. - Sunday Telegraph
Completely and utterly monumental. Powerful and beautiful written... I was a fan of Evie Wyld beforehand and this is such a leap forwards. An important book. - Saturday Review, Radio 4
Unsettling, dark and extraordinarily fresh. It feels eccentrically, wonderfully British… An inimitable, original new voice. Can’t wait to read more. - The Times
Thriller, beast-fable and fantasy, Evie Wyld’s second novel is a sparky, dark yarn set in a georgic world of sheep husbandry where things have gone spectacularly awry. - Independent
In a sense, this is a tale of possible love and redemption, at once energetic and dark. In another sense, it is a book about summary justice and suspicion, which we readers have been indulging in too… Clever and very unexpected indeed. - Guardian
A story that asks darkly whether we can rid ourselves of our past. - Country Life
Wyld has a skill for creating flawed characters you can’t help but root for. - Cosmopolitan
It is written with wit and affection. - Four Shires
This is a wonderfully atmospheric novel with a gripping narrative that keeps the reader on edge all the way through. - Good Book Guide
A dark, powerfully disturbing and beautifully observed story about a haunting, both physical and temporal. - New Statesman
A voice indebted to Banks and every bit as compelling. - Observer
Evie Wyld merges into her mysterious tale of a lonely shepherdess a savage Australian back-story that lends a haunting extra dimension to a novel of troubling beauty. - Independent
Evie Wyld’s All the Birds, Singing is an astonishing novel … The story is compelling, the structure ambitious and the imagery vivid. This is one talented young writer. - Scotsman
A page-turner. - Observer
All the Birds, Singing is a gracefully written, absorbing thriller from a new literary talent. - Stylist
A hair-pricking rural thriller that confirms the talents of a thrilling prose stylist. - Metro
I’ve never taught a creative writing course, but if I did I’d certainly introduce my would-be students to Evie Wyld’s All the Birds, Singing... Written in the future tense, the book has an ending of extraordinary pathos and beauty. - Sunday Business Post
Evie Wyld is the author of one previous novel, After the Fire, A Still Small Voice, which was shortlisted for the Impac Prize, the Orange Award for New Writers and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and awarded the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. In 2011, she was named by the BBC as one of the twelve best new British novelists and in 2013 she was named as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists. She lives in London.