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All the Birds, Singing

Evie Wyld

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Published by Jonathan Cape, part of Vintage Publishing

Format: Hardback


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EAN: 9780224096683
Published: 20 Jun 2013


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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.

Longlisted for the 2013 Bailey's Prize for Women's Fiction and shortlisted for the 2013 Costa Book Award

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What the critics say

Unsettling, dark and extraordinarily fresh. It feels eccentrically, wonderfully British… An inimitable, original new voice. Can’t wait to read more.
- The Times

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

One feels the influence of an early Ian McEwan or Iain Banks… But All the Birds, Singing, is also powerfully original, strongest in its handling of the human and animal worlds, and the thin line between the two.
- Times Literary Supplement

All The Birds, Singing is extraordinarily accomplished, one of those books that tears around in your cerebellum like a dark firework, and which, upon finishing, you immediately want to pick up again
- Financial Times

The closest cousin to All the Birds, Singing is Iain Banks' masterly first novel, The Wasp Factory… Evie Wyld's two books are quite as good as Ian McEwan's early fiction. Expect to hear her name often from now on.
- Spectator

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

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

Oozes, drips and throbs with menace… A thoughtful and intense account of a young woman seemingly determined to disappear from the world’s radar… All the Birds, Singing should enhance [Wyld's] reputation as one of our most gifted novelists.
- Observer

A hair-prickling thriller… It's the quality of [Wyld's] prose that really blows your mind.
- Metro

Unsettling, beautiful, horrifying and moving in equal parts, I haven't read anything quite like All the Birds, Singing for a long time… An extraordinary book.
- Stylist

A voice indebted to Banks and every bit as compelling.
- Observer

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

- 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

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

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

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

This is a powerful, gritty, strong story of suffering and survival... It is quality stuff, stunning.
- Bookseller

A wonderfully atmospheric novel with a gripping narrative.
- Good Book Guide

Precise, intense, haunting and poetic… This is a subtle exploration of suffering and resilience and, for once, the hype matches the talent.
- Sunday Times

Broodingly lyrical… Spellbinding.
- Vogue US

Wyld uses language that is purely gorgeous, even – perhaps especially – when underscoring dread.
- Washington Post

- New York Times

A tough and tender take on suffering and redemption.
- Psychologies

Suspenseful and melancholy… Masterful
- New Yorker

A compelling, tense novel that lingers with the reader long after it has been finished
- Eastern Daily Press

About the Author

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.

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