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Folk - Zoe Gilbert

Folk - Zoe Gilbert

This is book № 75 of an exclusive edition of 700 copies

Title: Folk

Author:  Zoe Gilbert

ISBN:  9781408884393

Weight:  651g

Numbered signed first edition, first printing




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Folk by Zoe Gilbert

A captivating, magical and haunting debut novel of breathtaking imagination, from the winner of the 2014 Costa Short Story Award

The remote island village of Neverness is a world far from our time and place.

The air hangs rich with the coconut-scent of gorse and the salty bite of the sea.  Harsh winds scour the rocky coastline.  The villagers’ lives are inseparable from nature and its enchantments.

Verlyn Webbe, born with a wing for an arm, unfurls his feathers in defiance of past shame; Plum is snatched by a water bull and dragged to his lair; little Crab Skerry takes his first run through the gorse-maze; Madden sleepwalks through violent storms, haunted by horses and her father’s wishes.

As the tales of this island community interweave over the course of a generation, their earthy desires, resentments, idle gossip and painful losses create a staggeringly original world.  Crackling with echoes of ancient folklore, but entirely, wonderfully, her own, Zoe Gilbert’s Folk is a dark, beautiful and intoxicating debut.

Peer & Press Reviews

An extraordinary debut novel.  It feels both ancient – drawing on deep seams of myth and folklore – and strikingly contemporary, pushing at the edges of what we mean when we call a book a novel.  In Folk, Zoe Gilbert has made a thing of strange and enduring beauty.

Alex Preston, Financial Times

Folk is a special book: immersive and dripping with life, each story a spell, an allegory, a dark, smoky poem divined from the landscape of our ancient kingdom.  It reads like a dream that, once visited, is difficult to leave behind.

Ben Myers, Guardian

Genuinely original, disturbing, beautiful and gripping…  Folk can be read as a map of the British mythic imagination: of the river under the river.  Starkly original and expertly written, it draws you, like a faerie song, into a kingdom from which you may never escape, and may not want to.

New Statesman

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title Folk
Illustrator Isobel Simonds
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Edition background:

This numbered edition of 700 copies was commissioned by a leading London bookshop working in association with the publisher.

Each book has a tipped-in authentication page, directly before the half title page, that confirms the book’s handwritten number.  This page also gives the title, the author’s name, the name of the publisher and the month / year of publication.

As an exclusive edition, the book has black sprayed page edges and red decorative head and tail bands, which instantly differentiates this book from the standard trade edition.

Book number 75 of 700
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the number authentication page
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes International Dylan Thomas Prize 2019 – shortlist
Book Stats
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date
Printed by CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13 9781408884393
ISBN 10 1408884399
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 234
Size (h x w x d) 223  x 144 x 28mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Lucy Johnston
Jacket design David Mann
Map Isobel Simonds
Jacket illustration iStockphoto

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