Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 27/04/2023
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'A wonderfully atmospheric and deeply unsettling novel, full of images so vivid they seem to leap off the page. Worsley's fiction is something to savour' Sarah Waters

'A rich, wonderfully uneasy pleasure. Exquisitely written and deeply original, with secrets that are tightly layered, always surprising and teased out with impressive control' Bethan Roberts, author of My Policeman

Worn out by poverty, Lettie Radley and her miner husband Tommy grasp at the offer of their very own smallholding - part of a Government scheme to put the unemployed back to work on the land. When she comes down to Essex to join him, it's not Tommy who greets her, but their new neighbours. Overbearing and unkempt, Jean and Adam Dell are everything that the smart, spirited, aspirational Lettie can't abide.

As Lettie settles in, she finds an unexpected joy in the rhythms of life on the smallholding. She's hopeful that her past, and the terrible secret Tommy has come to Foxash to escape, are far behind them. But the Dells have their own secrets. And as the seasons change, and a man comes knocking at the gate, the scene is set for a terrible reckoning.

Combining a gothic sensibility with a visceral, unsettling sense of place, Foxash is a deeply original novel of quiet and powerful menace, of the real hardships of rural life, and the myths and folklore that seep into ordinary lives - with surprising consequences.

  • Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
  • ISBN: 9781472294876
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Weight: 580g
  • Dimensions: 236 x 164 x 36 mm

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Fantastically informative and deeply uncomfortable at the same time
I really enjoyed "Foxash" by Kate Worsley. Ok, I didn't pick up on the gothic sensibility, but there was definitely something unnerving about the book and... READ MORE
Mel Pretorius
I didn't like it
Reading the blurb of this book, it was the promised gothic sensibility that attracted me, so I was disappointed that for the entire first half of the book,... READ MORE
You’ll view lettuces differently
Foxash by Kate Worsley If you like a bit of folk horror with your historical fiction, or if you enjoyed Starveacre, that haunting novel by Andrew Micha... READ MORE