The Offing

The Offing

A BBC Radio 2 Book Club Pick

by Benjamin Myers

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 15/10/2019

  $29.99

One summer following the Second World War, Robert Appleyard sets out on foot from his Durham village.

Sixteen and the son of a coal miner, he makes his way across the northern countryside until he reaches the former smuggling village of Robin Hood's Bay. There he meets Dulcie, an eccentric, worldly, older woman who lives in a ramshackle cottage facing out to sea.

Staying with Dulcie, Robert's life opens into one of rich food, sea-swimming, sunburn and poetry. The two come from different worlds, yet as the summer months pass, they form an unlikely friendship that will profoundly alter their futures.

ISBN:
9781526611291
9781526611291
Category:
Contemporary fiction
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
15-10-2019
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
272
Dimensions (mm):
216x135mm
Weight:
0.3kg

"Book by book, over the past decade, Ben Myers has proved himself to be one of the most singular, moving and crucial voices of our times, making The Offing one of the must-read books of the year"
David Peace

"What a radical thing, these days, to have written a book so full of warmth and kindness. Two complaints: it made me hungry, especially their first meal. It made me want to swim so badly. It's gorgeous"
Max Porter

"A tender, tragic but warming story of love and living amid the flux of time, the sea and the seasons, The Offing is both beautiful and beautifully told. Through its pages, Myers carefully and thoughtfully reaffirms the values and riches of human connection, freedom and the joy of living on your own terms"
Rob Cowne, award-winning author of Common Ground

"A gorgeous summer song of a book, quietly and precisely what the world needs, calling friendship and gentleness from people, place and language, The Offing is about the best of us. It is to be treasured and passed on"
Horatio Clare

"Intense and evocative"
Observer, Picks for 2019

Benjamin Myers

Benjamin Myers was born in Durham in 1976. His novel The Gallows Pole received a Roger Deakin Award and won the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction.

Beastings won the Portico Prize for Literature and Pig Iron won the Gordon Burn Prize, while Richard was a Sunday Times Book of the Year.

He has also published poetry, crime novels and short fiction, while his journalism has appeared in publications including, among others, the Guardian, New Statesman, Caught by the River and New Scientist. He lives in the Upper Calder Valley, West Yorkshire.

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