Savage Gods by Paul Kingsnorth
“I always find a story in Paul’s writing that leads me to an authentic place in the world.” Mark Rylance
“A poignant, honest portrait of a crisis of faith, not in God or Self but a far rarer thing, a crisis of belief in words themselves, the very materials of the writer’s mind.” Jay Griffiths
After moving with his wife and two children to a smallholding in Ireland, Paul Kingsnorth expected to find contentment. The plan was to root himself and his family, grow food, educate his children, plant trees for fuel. He wanted to be freer, to learn new things and live closer to nature. Instead, a growing sense of dislocation caused the tools he relied on daily as a writer – his words, his stories – to fail. Savage Gods assembles a deeply honest portrait of a writer rebuilding his belief in language, one word at a time, and speaks of the need in us all to find belonging in an uncertain world.
Published June 2019
Hardback | 216mm x 156mm | 144 pages
Jacket Artwork by Simon Pemberton
Paul Kingsnorth is an acclaimed writer of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. His books include One No, Many Yeses, Real England, Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist, Beast and The Wake, which won the Gordon Burn Prize and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. His journalism appears widely, including for The Guardian, The New Statesman, The Daily Telegraph and the London Review of Books. He lives with his family on a small-holding in the west of Ireland.