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The Lighthouse - Alison Moore

The Lighthouse - Alison Moore
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Title: The Lighthouse

Author:  Alison Moore

ISBN:  9781907773174

Weight:  421g

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The Lighthouse by Alison Moore

The Lighthouse begins on a North Sea ferry, on whose blustery outer deck stands Futh, a middle-aged, recently separated man heading to Germany for a restorative walking holiday.

Spending his first night in Hellhaus at a small, family-run hotel, he finds the landlady hospitable but is troubled by an encounter with an inexplicably hostile barman.

In the morning, Futh puts the episode behind him and sets out on his week-long circular walk along the Rhine.  As he travels, he contemplates his childhood; a complicated friendship with the son of a lonely neighbour; his parents’ broken marriage and his own.  But the story he keeps coming back to, the person and the event affecting all others, is his mother and her abandonment of him as a boy, which left him with a void to fill, a substitute to find.

He recalls his first trip to Germany with his newly single father.  He is mindful of something he neglected to do there, an omission which threatens to have devastating repercussions for him this time around.

At the end of the week, Futh, sunburnt and blistered, comes to the end of his circular walk, returning to what he sees as the sanctuary of the Hellhaus hotel, unaware of the events which have been unfolding there in his absence.

Peer & Press Reviews

The Lighthouse is a spare, slim novel that explores grief and loss, the patterns in the way we are hurt and hurt others, and the childlike helplessness we feel as we suffer rejection and abandonment…  The brutal ending continues to shock after several re-readings.

Jenn Ashworth, Guardian

Disquieting, deceptive, crafted with a sly and measured expertise, Alison Moore’s story could certainly deliver a masterclass in slow-burn storytelling.

Boyd Tonkin, Independent

No surprise that this quietly startling novel won column inches when it landed a spot on the Man Booker Prize longlist…  Though sparely told, the novel’s simple-seeming narrative has the density of a far longer work…  It all stokes a sense of ominousness that makes the denouement not a bit less shocking.

Hephzibah Anderson, Daily Mail

Bibliographic Info

AttributeDetails
TitleThe Lighthouse
Author
Book Features
Edition / printingFirst edition, first printing
Overall conditionFine (see our article on Condition Grades)
SignedOn the title page
Dated15th August 2012 [publication day]
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes

Man Booker Prize 2012 – shortlist

Specsavers National Book Awards 2012 – shortlist (new writer)

McKitterick Prize 2013 – winner

East Midlands Book Award 2013 – shortlist

Sydney J. Bounds Award 2013 – shortlist (best newcomer)

Athens Prize for Literature 2014 – shortlist

Media listingAn Observer Book of the Year 2012
Book Stats
PublisherSalt Publishing
Publication date
Printed byClays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 139781907773174
ISBN 101907773177
FormatPaperback (softcover)
Pages182
Size (h x w x d)197 x 130 x 15mm
Image and Design Credits
Cover designJohn Oakey
Cover photographNicholas Royle

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