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Harvest

3.61 based on 5002 ratings & 717 reviews on Goodreads.com

2014 Short-listed

Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction

2014 Long-listed

The Folio Prize

2014 Winner

James Tait Black Prize for Fiction

2013 Short-listed

The Goldsmith's Prize

2013 Short-listed

Man Booker Prize

2013 Short-listed

Specsavers National Book Awards UK Author of the Year

Picador

14 February 13
9781447242277
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£8.99
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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

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
The most accomplished novelists can illuminate the present while making their chosen past live, move and talk. In Harvest, Jim Crace leaves the precise era unspecified as he writes, with all his near-hallucinatory skill, about an English village destroyed by the advent of agrubusiness. This intensely local story becomes, by the rhythmic majesty and fervour of its writing, a universal one.
Independent
There are three novels I've pressed most enthusiastically on people this year. Jim Crace's Booker-shortlisted Harvest, about land enclosure and dispossession, transports the reader into a past that feels more present than the world outside, yet also sheds an uneasy light on today.
Guardian