The Sing of the Shore

Lucy Wood

At the very edge of England, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the land and visitors flock in with the summer like seagulls, there is a Cornwall that is not shown on postcards.

It is a place where communication cables buzz deep beneath the sand; where satellite dishes turn like flowers on clifftops, and where people drift like flotsam, caught in eddying tides. Restless children haunt empty holiday homes, a surfer struggles with the undertow of family life, a girl watches her childhood spin away from her in the whirl of a night-time fairground and, in a web of sea caves, a brother and sister search the dark for something lost.

These astonishing, beguiling stories of ghosts and shifting sands, of static caravans and shipwrecked cargo, explore notions of landscape and belonging, permanence and impermanence, and the way places can take hold and never quite let go.

Reviews of The Sing of the Shore

  • Praise for Sing of the Shore:

    ‘The Sing of the Shore shows Lucy Wood at the top of her considerable game. Best enjoyed with the woodburner stoked up and hail lashing the windows, these discreetly linked stories conjure a wholly original Cornish Gothic: now sad, now funny, now so profoundly creepy you’ll check that dark corner of the room before continuing’ Patrick Gale, author of Notes from an Exhibition

    ‘Rain-drenched, windswept and haunted – this is how I felt as I read The Sing of the Shore. Wood’s is a Cornwall filled with uneasy spirits, both living and dead, but that also welcomed me in with wry gossip and knowing looks. Absorbing, beautiful, and deeply uncanny, this collection soaked me through and will linger in my bones’ Zoe Gilbert, author of Folk

    ‘Mesmerising short-story collection…the writing is so good it is hard to resist’ Leaf Arbuthnot, Sunday Times

    Praise for Lucy Wood:

    ‘An immense talent … in the same class as Marilynne Robinson’ Louise Doughty

    ‘Wood’s imagination is extraordinary’ The Times

    ‘The author has a gift for capturing how humans are bound to and moulded by places’ Sunday Times

    ‘Lucy Wood has an intensity and clarity of expression, deeply rooted in a sense of place.’ Philip Hensher

    ‘Wood’s command of language and imagery verges on the sensational’ Observer

    ‘She has an instinct for the inner meanings of myths that echoes the great Angela Carter. Superb’ The Times

    ‘Each year, book blurbs tell you that a thousand new writers have fresh, distinctive voices. But fresh, distinctive voices are actually very rare. Lucy Wood has one’ Michael Faber