The Dig

The Dig

by Cynan Jones

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The Dig by Cynan Jones

"Jones's sense of place is acute, and his passion for the landscape—for its colors, its creatures, its textures, its scents—is absolutely magnetic."—Sarah Waters

"A dark, tense, and vital short novel. . . . Profound, powerful, and utterly absorbing."— The Guardian

"It is a book about the essentials: life and death, cruelty and compassion. It is a book that will get in your bones, and haunt you."— Daily Telegraph

"Cynan Jones's fourth novel, The Dig , is an extraordinarily powerful work—not in spite of its brevity but because of it. . . . In its marriage of profound lyricism and feeling for place, deep human compassion and unflinching savagery, this brief and beautiful novel is utterly unique."— Financial Times

Built of the interlocking fates of a badger-baiter and a farmer struggling through lambing season, The Dig unfolds in a stark rural setting where man, animal, and land are at loggerheads. There is no bucolic pastoral here: this is pure, pared-down rural realism, crackling with compressed energy, from a writer of uncommon gifts.

Cynan Jones was born near Aberaeron, Wales, in 1975. He is the author of three novels, The Long Dry (winner of a Betty Trask Award, 2007), Everything I Found on the Beach (2011), and The Dig (2014), winner of the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize. He is also the author of Bird, Blood, Snow (2012), the retelling of a medieval Welsh myth. The Dig is his first novel published in the United States.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781566893930
Publisher: Coffee House Press
Publication date: 04/07/2015
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 657,673
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Cynan Jones was born near Aberaeron, Wales in 1975. He is the author of three novels, The Long Dry (winner of a Betty Trask Award, 2007), Everything I Found on the Beach (2011), and The Dig (2014), winner of the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize. He is also the author of Bird, Blood, Snow (2012), the retelling of a medieval Welsh myth. The Dig is his first novel published in the U.S.

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AnnieAA More than 1 year ago
Dig….I put it down…perhaps I will pick it up on some rainy afternoon. But the details of killing rats and badgers was not what i expected to read. The vernacular is unpleasant. But maybe its more of a book for a person who enjoys the rougher side of life. It would be unfair for me to rate it. Its not the book its me…..