Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 16/03/2023
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The Best Kind of Strange
This is very different from The Perfect Golden Circle, which I read and loved last year. Taking Myers five years to write, this is obviously a labour of lo... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley
The Wonderful Lives of the Saint
I was a fan of Myers already but this really does clinch it. Almost nowhere else can find something that is so simultaneously profound and mundane and glor... READ MORE
Peter Fagan


Winner of The Goldsmiths Prize 2023 The triumphant new novel from the Walter Scott Prize-winning author of The Gallows Pole and The Offing. Cuddy is a bold and experimental retelling of the story of the hermit St. Cuthbert, unofficial patron saint of the North of England. Incorporating poetry, prose, play, diary and real historical accounts to create a novel like no other, Cuddy straddles historical eras - from the first Christian-slaying Viking invaders of the holy island of Lindisfarne in the 8th century to a contemporary England defined by class and austerity. Along the way we meet brewers and masons, archers and academics, monks and labourers, their visionary voices and stories echoing through their ancestors and down the ages. And all the while at the centre sits Durham Cathedral and the lives of those who live and work around this place of pilgrimage - their dreams, desires, connections and communities.

  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
  • ISBN: 9781526631503
  • Number of pages: 464
  • Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm

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A monumental work
Benjamin Myers gets better and better. I found his earlier novels rather bleak, but he then wrote The Offing, a wonderfully sensitive coming-of-age novel s... READ MORE
Alan Davis
High concept
The story of Saint Cuthbert is reimagined in this complex novel. Told from various perspectives and in a variety of prose and poetry styles this is a book... READ MORE
Jo-anne Atkinson