by Cynan Jones - £7.99 Granta Books (2014)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781847088802 | ISBN 10: 1847088805
Deep in rural Wales, a farmer is struggling through lambing season when he becomes aware that his land is being stalked by a badger-baiter who brings with him the stark threat of violence. Built of the interlocking fates of these two solitary men, this is a searing story of isolation and loss, from a writer of uncommon gifts.
"With this quietly huge little book Cynan Jones sets a thrilling new standard for our generation, and shows what a transporting device the short novel can be. I read it twice, heart in mouth, and still cannot quite believe how good it is. Extraordinary gifts in craft and art, combined with mesmeric storytelling, create a book which no-one will put down until it is finished, and which leaves the reader in no doubt: here is a real writer, a real star in the ascendant. 'I felt as though I became a better reader, and a better writer, while I was lost in The Dig"
(Horatio Clare, author)
(Price & availability last checked: November 2014)