Paul Kingsnorth

The Wake

My first novel, set during the Norman invasion of 1066, has been longlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize

Wake cover

‘Has a fierceness about it that gives it real heft … a literary triumph’ – Adam Thorpe, The Guardian

‘The message of this extraordinary novel is as honest and timely as it is discomforting’ -Times Literary Supplement

‘In its refusal to yield easy answers, Kingsnorth’s extraordinary, unsettling tale of the 11th Century makes not only a surprisingly satisfying novel, but a deeply modern one, too’ – Melissa Harrison, Caught By The River

‘Reading Kingsnorth’s book is to be immersed in the past and in a story in a way that I haven’t really felt since childhood. It’s time travel between hard covers, and the most glorious experience I’ve had with a book in years’ – Lucy Mangan, The Guardian

‘Extraordinary’ – Philip Pullman

‘A resonant, eloquent ballad of English identity, pride and fierce independence. It is a thrilling story. Read it out loud. It is like nothing else.’ - Mark Rylance

‘An extraordinary, original and spellbinding book’ – Jay Griffiths

‘An astonishing feat of imagination’ – Heathcote Williams

The Wake is a historical novel set in the deep mythic past. It is hung carefully on the known historical facts about the almost forgotten, decade-long war of underground resistance which spread across England in the decade after 1066. Most importantly – certainly most strangely – it is written entirely in its own language: my interpretation of Old English, recreated for modern eyes and ears.

The Wake is an ageless story of the collapse of certainties and lives; a tale of lost gods and haunted visions, narrated by a man of the Lincolnshire fens bearing witness to the end of his world. It was published in April 2014 by Unbound.

Designed and built long ago and kept on life support by spanner.