Elmet by Fiona Mozley

Into the Wild


Fresh and distinctive writing from an exciting new voice in fiction - Sally Rooney meets Sarah Perry, Elmet is an unforgettable novel about family, as well as a beautiful meditation on landscape.

Daniel is heading north. He is looking for someone. The simplicity of his early life with Daddy and Cathy has turned sour and fearful. They lived apart in the house that Daddy built for them with his bare hands. They foraged and hunted. When they were younger, Daniel and Cathy had gone to school. But they were not like the other children then, and they were even less like them now. Sometimes Daddy disappeared, and would return with a rage in his eyes. But when he was at home he was at peace. He told them that the little copse in Elmet was theirs alone. But that wasn't true. Local men, greedy and watchful, began to circle like vultures. All the while, the terrible violence in Daddy grew.

Atmospheric and unsettling, Elmet is a lyrical commentary on contemporary society and one family's precarious place in it, as well as an exploration of how deep the bond between father and child can go.

Title : Elmet
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ISBN : 1473660548
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 311 pages


Hugh rated it ★★★★☆

September 13, 2017

This book was the only genuine surprise on this year's Booker longlist, a first novel by a young British writer. I would be very happy to see this book make the shortlist - there may be at least six better books on the longlist but none of them would benefit as much from the exposure, and this is...

Hannah rated it ★★★★☆

September 12, 2017

Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend.

Mercedes rated it ★★★★☆

September 06, 2017

4.5 stars

Rebecca rated it ★★★★★

September 13, 2017

(4.5) Shortlisted for the Booker Prize! The dark horse in this year’s Man Booker Prize race is a brilliant, twisted fable about the clash of the land-owning and serf classes in contemporary England. I’d love to see it win, though George Saunders seems like a shoo-in. You’d hardly believe it’s a de...

Britta rated it ★★★★☆

July 31, 2017

An amazing debut. 4.5*

Maxwell rated it ★★★☆☆

August 28, 2017

This book had elements that reminded me of His Bloody Project and Eileen. It tells the story of Daniel, the narrator, and his sister, Cathy, who live in a house they build on land that isn't theirs with their 'Daddy.' He is affectionately referred to as 'Daddy' throughout the story which is jux...

Meike rated it ★★★☆☆

September 10, 2017

A young woman pursuing a PhD in medieval history writes a tale dominated by Southern Gothic elements, but situated in rural Britian, circling around themes like possession, belonging, gender, and revenge - wow, what a set-up! "Elmet" is narrated by a teenage boy named Daniel, who lives with his f...

Paul rated it ★★★☆☆

September 13, 2017

‘Means nothing to me.’ ‘I can help,’ I said tentatively. He shook his head. ‘No, lad, it’s not that. I can read well enough to understand what it says. It’s idea a person can write summat on a bit of paper about a piece of land that lives and breathes, and changes and quakes and floods and dries,...

Jessica rated it ★★★★★

August 21, 2017

A modern gothic, rural melodrama. At it's heart 'Elmet' is the gritty story of a complex family dynamic and a good vs. evil battle that has us rooting for the questionably deplorable underdog. A solid 4 stars to start with, with a few days to mull over this story, this has crept up to a well dese...

Neil rated it ★★★☆☆

August 30, 2017

This is the book on the Man Booker Longlist for 2017 of which I had never heard and which I would probably never have read but for its inclusion on that list. Am I glad the Booker judges picked it and that, therefore, I read it? To be honest, I’m not sure. It tells the tale of John Smythe and his t...

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