Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 20/04/2022
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Incisive and Impressive
Alone during lockdown, the narrator, an acute observer of nature, looks back on her country childhood. This is no romantic tale: it's real life where speci... READ MORE
Julie at Hatchards


Shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize 2023

Emergency is a novel about the dissolving boundaries between all life on earth. Stuck at home alone under lockdown, a woman recounts her 1990s childhood in rural Yorkshire. She watches a kestrel hunting, helps a farmer with a renegade bull, and plays out with her best friend, Clare. Around her in the village her neighbours are arguing, keeping secrets, caring for one another, trying to hold down jobs. In the woods and quarry there are foxcubs fighting, plants competing for space, ageing machines, and a three-legged deer who likes cake.

These local phenomena interconnect and spread out from China to Nicaragua as pesticides circulate, money flows around the planet, and bodies feel the force of distant power. A story of remote violence and a work of praise for a persistently lively world, brilliantly written, surprising, evocative and unsettling, Daisy Hildyard's Emergency reinvents the pastoral novel for the climate change era.

  • Publisher: Fitzcarraldo Editions
  • ISBN: 9781913097813
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Dimensions: 197 x 125 mm

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A Hymn to the Earth
I really enjoyed 'Emergency' by Daisy Hildyard. It is redolent of 'To Kill a Mockingbird' and 'The Secret Garden', stories seen through the eyes of a ch... READ MORE
Steve Hughes