The Loney: the contemporary classic

Hachette UK
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THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP 10 BESTSELLER. WINNER OF THE 2015 COSTA FIRST NOVEL AWARD.
THE BRITISH BOOK AWARDS BOOK OF THE YEAR 2016.

A brilliantly unsettling and atmospheric debut full of unnerving horror - 'The Loney is not just good, it's great. It's an amazing piece of fiction' Stephen King

Two brothers. One mute, the other his lifelong protector.

Year after year, their family visits the same sacred shrine on a desolate strip of coastline known as the Loney, in desperate hope of a cure.

In the long hours of waiting, the boys are left alone. And they cannot resist the causeway revealed with every turn of the treacherous tide, the old house they glimpse at its end . . .

Many years on, Hanny is a grown man no longer in need of his brother's care.

But then the child's body is found.

And the Loney always gives up its secrets, in the end.

'This is a novel of the unsaid, the implied, the barely grasped or understood, crammed with dark holes and blurry spaces that your imagination feels compelled to fill' Observer

'A masterful excursion into terror' The Sunday Times

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About the author

Andrew Michael Hurley has lived in Manchester and London, and is now based in Lancashire, where he teaches English Literature and Creative Writing. He has had two collections of short stories published by Lime Tree Press. The Loney is his first novel - it was first published in October 2014 by Tartarus Press, a tiny independent publisher based in Yorkshire, as a 300-copy limited-edition.
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Publisher
Hachette UK
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Published on
Mar 12, 2015
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Pages
368
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ISBN
9781473619845
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / General
Fiction / Horror
Fiction / Occult & Supernatural
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Quando os restos mortais de uma criança são descobertos durante uma tempestade de inverno numa extensão da sombria costa da Inglaterra conhecida como Loney, Smith é obrigado a confrontar acontecimentos terríveis e misteriosos ocorridos quarenta anos antes, quando ainda era criança e visitou o lugar.

À época, a mãe de Smith arrastou a família para aquela região numa peregrinação de Páscoa com o padre Bernard, cujo antecessor, Wilfred, morrera pouco tempo antes. Cabia ao jovem sacerdote liderar a comunidade até um antigo santuário, onde a obstinada sra. Smith crê que irá encontrar a cura para o filho mais velho, um garoto mudo e com problemas de aprendizagem.

O grupo se instala na Moorings, uma casa fria e antiga, repleta de segredos. O clima é hostil, os moradores do lugar, ameaçadores, e uma aura de mistério cerca os desconhecidos ocupantes de Coldbarrow, uma faixa de terra pouco acessível, diariamente alagada na alta da maré. A vida dos irmãos acaba se entrelaçando à dos excêntricos vizinhos com intensidade e complexidade tão imperativas quanto a fé que os levou ao Loney, e o que acontece a partir daí se torna um fardo que Smith carrega pelo resto da vida, a verdade que ele vai sustentar a qualquer preço.

Com personagens ricos e idiossincráticos, um cenário sombrio e a sensação de ameaça constante, Loney é uma leitura perturbadora e impossível de largar, que conquistou crítica e público. Uma história de suspense e horror gótico, ricamente inspirada na criação católica do autor, no folclore e na agressiva paisagem do noroeste inglês. 

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