In a London flat, two young boys face the unbearable sadness of their mother's sudden death. Their father, a Ted Hughes scholar and scruffy romantic, imagines a future of well-meaning visitors and emptiness.
In this moment of despair they are visited by Crow - antagonist, trickster, healer, babysitter. This sentimental bird is drawn to the grieving family and threatens to stay until they no longer need him.
This extraordinary debut, full of unexpected humour and emotional truth, marks the arrival of a thrilling and significant new talent.
Amazing and unforgettable. (The Times)
Dazzlingly good . . . Anyone who has ever loved someone, or lost someone, or both, will be gripped by it. It's very sad and very funny. (Robert Macfarlane)
One of the most surprising books this year. (Spectator Books of the Year)
Unlike anything I've read before. (Guardian Books of the Year)
A blast and a breeze and, strangely, a delight. (Jonathan Gibbs Independent)
A beguiling literary hybrid. (Lucy Scholes The Observer)
Not far from London, there is a village.This village belongs to the people who live in it and to those who lived in it hundreds of years ago. It belongs to England's mysterious past and its confounding present.It belongs to Mad Pete, the grizzled artist. To ancient Peggy, gossiping at her gate. To families dead for generations, and to those who have only recently moved here.But it also belongs to ..