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There isn't a person in the valley who hasn't turned against Sam Marsdyke.

Expelled from school, mistrusted by his parents and avoided by city incomers, Sam spends his days alone on the moors, until he meets his new neighbour Josephine. But what begins as a friendship and leads to thoughts of escape across the moors turns, with every step, to something much darker.

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"Powerful, engrossing, extraordinary, sinister, comic. A masterful debut."

– Observer

"Astonishing, funny, unsettling... An unforgettable creation [whose] literary forebears include Huckleberry Finn, Holden Caulfield and Alex from A Clockwork Orange"

– The Times

"A linguistic feast, a joy to read."

– Guardian

"Compelling, disturbing, very funny... a cross between the whimsy of Huckleberry Finn and the nightmare of The Butcher Boy."

– Colm Tóibín

"Excellent, extremely compelling, wonderfully unique."

– Sunday Telegraph

“Ross Raisin's story of how a disturbed but basically well-intentioned rural youngster turns into a malevolent sociopath is both chilling in its effect and convincing in its execution.”        

– J. M. Coetzee

"A few pages with Marsdyke are unforgettable. Rare are the writers who can create such a funny yet terrifying narrator."

– Financial Times


– Marie Claire

"Utterly frightening and electrifying at once."

– Joshua Ferris

"Outstanding, remarkable, a novel worth celebrating. The most exciting original new fiction talent to emerge in Britain since Martin Amis."

– Irish Times

"Beautiful, wilfully engaging. A richly distinctive narrative voice."

– Independent

"Remarkable, compelling, very funny and very disturbing... like no other character in contemporary fiction... Mature, taut and beautifully written... The creation of an entirely original voice."

– Sunday Times

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