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Black Car Burning

Black Car Burning

Their polyamorous relationship - which for years felt so natural - is starting to seem strained. Leigh, who works at a local gear shop, watches Caron climb and feels complicit. Black Car Burning is a brilliant debut novel of trust and trauma, fear and falling, from one of our bes... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781784741884
Barcode 9781784741884
Published 4 April 2019 by Vintage
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Mort, Helen
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ISBN-13 9781784741884
ISBN-10 1784741884
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Vintage
Imprint Chatto & Windus
Publication Date 4 April 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Mort, Helen
Category Modern Fiction
Climbing & Mountaineering
Number of Pages 336
Dimensions Width: 144mm
Height: 222mm
Spine: 32mm
Weight 453g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Lesbians - Fiction, Sheffield England - Fiction
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 823.92
Catalogue Code 971373

Description of this Book

How do we trust each other? Alexa is a young police community support officer whose world feels unstable. Her father is estranged and her girlfriend is increasingly distant. Their polyamorous relationship - which for years felt so natural - is starting to seem strained. As she patrols Sheffield she senses the rising tensions in its disparate communities and doubts her ability to keep the peace, to help, to change anything. Caron is pushing Alexa away and pushing herself ever harder. A climber, she fixates on a brutal route known as Black Car Burning and throws herself into a cycle of repetition and risk. Leigh, who works at a local gear shop, watches Caron climb and feels complicit. Meanwhile, an ex-police officer compulsively revisits the April day in 1989 that changed his life forever. Trapped in his memories of the disaster, he tracks the Hillsborough inquests, questioning everything. As the young women negotiate the streets of the city and its violent inheritance, the rock faces of Stanage and their relationships with each other, the urban and natural landscape watches over them, an ever-present witness. Black Car Burning is a brilliant debut novel of trust and trauma, fear and falling, from one of our best young writers.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Black Car Burning does what surprisingly few books even attempt: it gives a voice to the lyric landscapes of South Yorkshire, it looks beyond binary cliches to consider the real lives of real people in streets and suburbs that are often forgotten; Mort handles trauma, lust and loss so tenderly and deftly, it is hard to believe that this is a first novel -- Andrew McMillan, author of Physical
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Helen Mort was born in Sheffield in 1985, and grew up in nearby Chesterfield. Five times winner of the Foyle Young Poets Award, she received an Eric Gregory Award in 2007 and won the Manchester Young Writer Prize in 2008. Her first collection, Division Street (2013), was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and Costa Poetry Award, and won the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. In 2014, she was named as a 'Next Generation Poet', the prestigious accolade announced only once every ten years, recognising the 20 most exciting new poets from the UK and Ireland. No Map Could Show Them (2016), her second collection, about women and mountaineering, was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Helen has been the Wordsworth Trust Poet in Residence and the Derbyshire Poet Laureate and was named one of the RSL's 40 under 40 Fellows in 2018. She is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University and lives in Sheffield. Black Car Burning is her first novel.

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