Harvest

3.62 based on 4775 ratings & 693 reviews on Goodreads.com
Picador

Publication date: 13.02.2014
ISBN: 9780330445672
Number of pages: 288

Synopsis

Winner of the 2015 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
Winner of the 2014 James Tait Black Prize
Shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize
Shortlisted for the 2013 Goldsmiths Prize
Shortlisted for the 2014 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction

As late summer steals in and the final pearls of barley are gleaned, a village comes under threat. A trio of outsiders - two men and a dangerously magnetic woman - arrives on the woodland borders triggering a series of events that will see Walter Thirsk's village unmade in just seven days: the harvest blackened by smoke and fear, cruel punishment meted out to the innocent, and allegations of witchcraft.

But something even darker is at the heart of Walter's story, and he will be the only man left to tell it . . .

In the media

Masterly in its firm grip on what need only be intimated and what stated cleanly. It was easily the best-written novel of the year.
Spectator
Harvest, apparently Jim Crace's farewell to novelism, has [an] elusive quality. Set in a remote farming community that goes to hell in a handcart with the advent of land enclosures, it aspires to the unsettling self-assurance of a William Golding novel without ever quite cashing the cheque that its attitude promises.
Daily Telegraph
A community is torn apart by the threat of enclosure, in this beautifully written book, an early front-runner for this year's Man Booker
Sunday Times