by Cynan Jones


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“To read Cove is to take a masterclass in taking out everything but the essentials. This is writing stripped back to the bone, and storytelling that gets under the skin. Powerful, terrifying, brilliantly done.”
—Jon McGregor, author of Reservoir 13

Out at sea, in a sudden storm, a man is struck by lightning. When he wakes, injured and adrift on a kayak, his memory of who he is and how he came to be here is all but shattered. He will need to rely on his instincts, resilience, and imagination to get safely back to the woman he dimly senses is waiting for his return. This is an extraordinary, visceral portrait of a man locked in a struggle with the forces of nature.

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ISBN-13: 9781936787845
Publisher: Catapult
Publication date: 04/10/2018
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Cynan Jones was born near Aberaeron on the West coast of Wales in 1975. He is the author of five novels: The Long Dry; Everything I Found on the Beach; Bird, Blood, Snow; The Dig; and Cove. His work has been published in more than twenty countries and his short stories have appeared in publications including Granta and The New Yorker. He has won a Betty Trask Award, a Jerwood Fiction Prize, the Wales Book of the Year Fiction Prize, and the 2017 BBC National Short Story Award. He has been longlisted for the Kirkus Prize, the Warwick Prize, and the Europese Literatuurprijs, and short-listed for the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award.

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betsyjulia More than 1 year ago
This is a tiny masterpiece (92 pages with plenty of empty space in them) and possibly the most immediately visceral book I’ve ever read. How on earth did Cynan Jones write this without firsthand experience of being hit by lightning and adrift in the ocean? I cannot imagine how anybody could write this, yet it inspires me as a writer to discover my own depths in a new way. I am so glad that an audiobook of this does not exist, and it never should. This is a story and voice that you need to hear reverberating inside your own head. You need to experience the blank spaces in the text of this book and reread sentences and sections, letting them go down slowly. All of it contributes to the remarkable feeling of being subsumed by Nature in a journey into the loss of everything. I bought this book after having read a library copy because I want to reread whenever I need a "fix" of astounding writing.