Bleaker House

Chasing My Novel to the End of the World

3.46 based on 388 ratings & 98 reviews on Goodreads.com
Picador

Publication date: 01.06.2017
ISBN: 9781509824397
Number of pages: 0

Synopsis

'My favourite debut of 2017 . . . as funny as it is poignant' Lena Dunham

When Nell Stevens was given the opportunity to spend three months in a location of her choice in order to write her novel, she was determined to rid herself of all distractions. So Nell decided to travel to Bleaker Island (official population: two) in the Falklands where she would write 2,500 words a day.

But Bleaker House is not that novel. Instead this is a book about a young woman realizing that the way to writing fiction doesn't necessarily lie in total solitude and a clear plan. Nor does it lie in a daily ration of 1085 calories, no means of contacting the outside world and a slow descent towards something that feels worryingly like madness . . .

Hilariously funny, painfully honest, and beautifully observed, Bleaker House is part memoir, part travelogue, part story collection. It is an exploration of the narrow spaces between real life and fiction and, in the end, a book about failing to write a novel, but finally becoming a writer.

In the media

There's something alluringly Victorian about the whole book . . . In our increasingly small and connected world, narratives that tackle the peculiar senses of loneliness and remove, and the effects they have on the self, are increasingly rare . . . Bleaker House never devolves into a stunt book. Instead, Stevens charts a path of personal and professional exploration tinged with both sadness and humor
Jezebel
A whimsical, good-humored, yearning-filled, thought-provoking read
Bustle
Quirky and engaging . . . A captivating portrait of the creative life
BookPage
Listen to an audio extract, read by Nell Stevens.