Havergey by John Burnside

“Burnside’s approach may be what is needed to get people talking.” The Economist

“You can feel Burnside really enjoying himself here.” The Scotsman

Havergey does not feature on any maps of the British Isles. Yet this remote island is as real as any, with its limestone stacks, seabirds and human population – a mixture of utopians and nomads who have settled here to build a new kind of society.

When a traveller arrives in this small land, bewildered by his long journey and disorientated by the past, he becomes an object of curiosity for the inhabitants – and he begins his exploration into the history of this unique community.

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Hardback | 178 x 128mm | 168 pages

Iacket and frontispiece illustration by Norman Ackroyd


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John Burnside was born in 1955. He is a poet, novelist, journalist and former software engineer. He is the author of Burning Elvis, Glister and A Summer of Drowning. His memoir A Lie About My Father won many awards including the Saltaire Prize for Scottish Book of the Year. His poetry includes The Asylum Dance, which won the Whitbread Poetry Award and Feast Days, winner of the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. His collection Black Cat Bone won both the T S Eliot Prize and the Forward Poetry Prize. He writes a nature column for The New Statesman.