Travelling through the wilderness, a young woman has visions of a cathedral on a hill. The downtrodden wife of an archer seeks the truth in stone walls, in meadows full of garlic flowers. A group of soldiers sit out their last hours before their death under a vaulted ceiling. The professor receives unwelcome night-time visitors. A young man bids his dying mother goodbye, and sets off on his first day of work as a labourer. From these seeds of historical truth and strange mythology, Benjamin Myers spins an unforgettable story of love and loss that breaks free of realism, entering a thrilling space both hilarious and terrifying. Unfolding over centuries, deploying a panoply of voices, Cuddy is written with Myers’ inimitable humour, pathos and grace – and confirms him as one of the most important writers of his generation.

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**Winner of the Goldsmiths Prize 2023****Chosen as a book of the year 2023 by The Times, Guardian, Telegraph and New Statesman**‘An epic the north has long deserved’ FINANCIAL TIMES ‘A sensational piece of storytelling ? A singular and significant achievement’ GUARDIAN‘Marvellous, artful, enchanted’ DAILY TELEGRAPH‘Cements Myers’s standing as one of our finest, and most deftly imaginative, writers’ I NEWSThe triumphant new novel from the Walter Scott Prize-winning author of The Gallows Pole and The OffingCuddy is a bold and experimental retelling of the story of the hermit St. Cuthbert, unofficial patron saint of the North of England.Incorporating poetry, prose, play, diary and real historical accounts to create a novel like no other, Cuddy straddles historical eras – from the first Christian-slaying Viking invaders of the holy island of Lindisfarne in the 8th century to a contemporary England defined by class and austerity.Along the way we meet brewers and masons, archers and academics, monks and labourers, their visionary voices and stories echoing through their ancestors and down the ages.And all the while at the centre sits Durham Cathedral and the lives of those who live and work around this place of pilgrimage – their dreams, desires, connections and communities.

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Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 cm