Whitbread Prize Best First Novel (nominee)
A myth of England with beasts, songs and treachery, shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Prize, 2002; Inspector Kernan is investigating the murder of Bernard Tench, a whistleblowing scientist who knew too much about BSE. As Kernan uncovers links between sleaze and slaughter, between pollution and police, his new sidekick Diana Hunter realizes that her eccentric inspector is no ordinary man. Kernan uses the songs, folklore and superstitions of his Loamshire patch for guidance, enlisting animal informants and supernatural allies against the sinister Superintendent Goodman to uncover what's rotten in the state of England. Exploring the myths and occult powers of England, The End Of My Tether rediscovers the magic in our own backyard.
"Brilliantly readable, wildly funny and macabre." - Helen Dunmore
Used availability for Neil Astley's The End of my Tether
September 2003 : USA Paperback
May 2002 : UK Paperback