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Starve Acre - Andrew Michael Hurley

Starve Acre - Andrew Michael Hurley

Title: Starve Acre

Author:  Andrew Michael Hurley

ISBN:  9781529387261

Weight:  627 g

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Starve Acre by Andrew Michael Hurley

The worst thing possible has happened.  Richard and Juliette Willoughby’s son, Ewan, has died suddenly at the age of five.  Starve Acre, their house by the moors, was to be full of life, but is now a haunted place.

Juliette, convinced Ewan still lives there in some form, seeks the help of the Beacons, a seemingly benevolent group of occultists.  Richard, to try and keep the boy out of his mind, has turned his attention to the field opposite the house, where he patiently digs the barren dirt in search of a legendary oak tree.

Starve Acre is a devastating new novel by the author of the prize-winning bestseller The Loney.  It is a novel about the way in which grief splits the world in two and how, in searching for hope, we can so easily unearth horror.

Peer & Press Reviews

The new novel from the award winning author of The Loney is a further entry in a genre that Hurley is fast making his own…  Hurley adeptly creates an unsettling atmosphere and keeps us guessing about the extent to which his characters are haunted by grief, by more primordial supernatural forces, or both.  This chilling story will set spines tingling and teeth on edge: just the thing for Halloween.

Daily Express

This kind of book, as with ghost stories from M.R. James to Susan Hill, demands a phenomenal control of language and atmosphere to work at all, and Hurley provides it in spades…  This is a wonderful story of its type that has all the qualities of unease, nastiness, terror, psychological trauma and implied physical revulsion one expects from folk horror.  But it’s nothing to the denouement it foreshadows.

The Spectator

A tour de force of physiological fantasia…  Writing of this quality – sensuous, exact, observant – ensures that other scenes, too, pulse with vitality…  Hurley’s gothic storylines send spectres of deathliness through his fictional world.  His prose brings it vividly alive.

Peter Kemp, Sunday Times

Bibliographic Info

TitleStarve Acre
Book Features
Edition / printingFirst edition, first printing
Edition background

Nathan Connolly of Dead Ink Books commissioned Starve Acre as part of Dead Ink’s Eden Book Society project.  Published as a paperback original in March 2019, Hurley wrote it using the penname Jonathan Buckley.  This true first edition of the title now appears to be out of print.

Published under Hurley’s own name, the John Murray first edition hardcover is, in essence, the same as Dead Ink’s apart from the jacket / cover art, which is very different.

Overall conditionFine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
SignedOn the title page
Awards and Media
Media adaptationBBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime: five 15-minute episodes, airing Mon-Fri at 10:45pm from 28 Oct 2019.
Book Stats
PublisherJohn Murray (Publishers)
Publication date
Printed byClays Ltd, Elcograf S.p.A.
ISBN 139781529387261
ISBN 101529387264
FormatHardcover with dust jacket
Size (h x w x d)205 x 138 x 25mm
Image and Design Credits
Jacket illustrationJoe Mclaren

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