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Broken Ghost

Broken Ghost (Hardback)

By Griffiths, Niall

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The people who live here in these mountains already have their own demons - drink, drugs, domestic violence, psychoses - but each character has a different experience of this strange apparition, a different reaction, and for some it will change everything.

ISBN 9780224097932
Barcode 9780224097932
Published 15 August 2019 by Vintage
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780224097932
ISBN-10 0224097938
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Vintage
Imprint Jonathan Cape Ltd
Publication Date 15 August 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Griffiths, Niall
Category Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 368
Dimensions Width: 144mm
Height: 222mm
Spine: 34mm
Weight 483g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Wales - Fiction
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code Not specified
Catalogue Code 993667

Description of this Book

A Welsh community is drawn together and blown apart by a strange vision in the mountains: the huge spectre of a woman floating over a ridge. The people who live here in these mountains already have their own demons - drink, drugs, domestic violence, psychoses - but each character has a different experience of this strange apparition, a different reaction, and for some it will change everything. Is it a collective hallucination? A meteorological phenomenon? Whatever it is, they all saw something, early one morning on the shores of a mountain lake, something that will awaken in them powers and passions and, perhaps, a possibility of healing these broken people in a broken country. An examination of modern humanity's desperate need to live meaningfully and vividly in a mediated world - where individual autonomy is lost and the collective heart is atomised and exploited - this is a novel that gives voices to the marginalised, the dispossessed, the forgotten. Disturbing and unforgettable, darkly funny and deeply moving, written in a charged language that is vernacular, lyrical and hieratic all at once, Broken Ghost is - simultaneously - a howl of anguish and a summoning of gods.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Griffiths has forged a chimerical piece of radical fiction, a Blake-like reverie on the possibility (or not) of spiritual regeneration in our time... what triumphs in Broken Ghost is the treasurable ecstasy of its lyrical flights. Griffiths' prose can explode into vatic communication with the Earth around us - it is a pantheistic celebration, a Dionysian prayer to organic life and decay... This important novel comes from a tradition: from the green fuse of Dylan Thomas and Caradoc Evans, the unstable religiosity of RS Thomas. The result, though, is something new, a profane, passionate response to nature and to the countryside, which is rarely encountered in contemporary British fiction any more. * Guardian * Pairing Irvine Welsh's demotic vim with the conspiratorial frisson of a David Peace novel, Broken Ghost is strange and compelling... Broken Ghost's portrait of state-sponsored social breakdown has a thumb firmly on the scales. * Observer * Narrated by each character in turn, it is relentlessly demotic as Grifffiths submerges the reader in a prosaic world of benefit investigations, bare-knuckle boxing, and watching Jeremy Kyle with Diamond White cide... Griffiths's novel is an unusual mix of political and mystical, lifted by the possibility...of social transformation. * Sunday Times * Griffiths's novel poses some fascinating questions...[Broken Ghost's] exploration of the unfulfilled dreams of an underclass of drug addicts and single mothers is intelligent and challenging. * Mail on Sunday *
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Niall Griffiths was born in Liverpool in 1966 and now lives in Wales. He has published six previous novels- Grits, Sheepshagger, Kelly + Victor, Stump, Wreckage, Runt and A Great Big Shining Star.

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