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Ness - Robert Macfarlane & Stanley Donwood

Ness - Robert Macfarlane & Stanley Donwood

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Title: Ness

Author:  Robert Macfarlane, Stanley Donwood

ISBN:  9780241396568

Weight:  579g

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Ness by Robert Macfarlane & Stanley Donwood

Eerie, unsettling and hauntingly beautiful – a new collaboration from the bestselling creators of Holloway

Somewhere on a salt-and-shingle island, inside a ruined concrete structure known as The Green Chapel, a figure called The Armourer is leading a ritual with terrible intent.

But something is coming to stop him.

Five more-than-human forms are traversing land, sea and time towards The Green Chapel, moving to the point where they will converge and become Ness.  Ness has lichen skin and willow-bones.  Ness is made of tidal drift, green moss and deep time.  Ness has hagstones for eyes and speaks only in birds.  And Ness has come to take this island back.

What happens when land comes to life?  What would it take for land to need to come to life?  Using word and image, Robert Macfarlane and Stanley Donwood have together made a minor modern myth.  Part-novella, part-prose-poem, part-mystery play, in Ness their skills combine to dazzling, troubling effect.

Peer & Press Reviews

The words by Robert Macfarlane sing, they just beg to be spoken, to be heard.  As I spoke the words, I had the feeling that I was setting them free, and at the final few pages a shiver of emotion skittered down my arms.  Ness is a beautiful yet fierce and frightening call, containing a warning that we should be shrieking from the rooftops.

Liz Robinson, LoveReading Star Book

Ness goes beyond what we expect books to do.  Beyond poetry, beyond the word, beyond the bomb – it is an aftertime song.  It is dark, ever so dark, nimble and lethal.  It is a triumphant libretto of mythic modernism for our poisoned age.  Ness is something else, and feels like it always has been.

Max Porter, author of Lanny

The conclusion of the book is, in its bleak way, impressive, and constitutes another reason to be grateful that we have someone as inventive as well as erudite as Macfarlane continuing to address the most important subject of our time.

Andrew Motion, Guardian

Bibliographic Info

IllustratorStanley Donwood
Book Features
Edition / printingFirst edition, first printing
Edition background

These copies have a signature page, tipped-in before the half title page, which has the phrase ‘Exclusive signed edition’, the author & illustrator’s names, the month / year of publication and the name of the publisher printed on it.

Issued direct by the publisher (Hamish Hamilton), the number of copies in this special edition is unknown.

Overall conditionFine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
SignedOnly by Robert Macfarlane – on the tipped-in signature page
Book Stats
PublisherPenguin Random House
ImprintHamish Hamilton
Publication date
Printed byGGP Media GmbH, Poessneck, Germany
ISBN 139780241396568
ISBN 100241396565
FormatHardcover with dust jacket
Size (h x w x d)223 x 135 x 14mm

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