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Folk

(2018)
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Dark, magical and unsettling, Folk is a debut of breathtaking imagination which introduces the remote, unforgiving island of Neverness and its singular inhabitants.

Take a torch, the last to be lit, and follow the jostle of fat, spitting lights as the men and women of Neverness spread out along the gorse edge. Every year they gather while the girls shoot their arrows and the boys hunt them out. The air is riddled with spiteful shadows - the wounds and fears and furies of a village year. The gorse burning will smoke them out, cleanse the air for another season's turning.

On a remote and unforgiving island lies a village unlike any other. In Neverness a girl might be snatched by a water bull and dragged to his dark lair, and Jack Frost can take his chilling revenge on a jealous sister. A babe is born with a wing for an arm, and children ask their fortunes of an oracle ox.

The beliefs and rituals of the islanders conjure their own dark spirits, flying with the red kites at night or stalking lustful boys through the gorse maze. While the villagers live out their own tales, magic always lurks, blighting and blessing lives in equal measure.

Folk is a dark, sinuous and unforgettable debut which takes place over the course of one generation of islanders. As each chapter unfolds, the folklore of Neverness is as tangible as its rocky shore, its deep woods and its gorse-prickled headland. In this world remote from our time and place, the tales of the islanders interweave and overlap, cloaked in threat, twisting fates and changing lives.

Genre: Fantasy

Praise for this book

"I was thoroughly absorbed. Zoe Gilbert's invented folk-world is sensuous and dangerous and thick with magic." - Tessa Hadley

"An utterly tantalising new voice. With Folk, Gilbert casts a powerful spell, creating a world on the page that feels as old as the hills and yet exquisitely alive ... To read Folk is to find oneself rapt." - Alison MacLeod

"Folk is absolutely stunning. I loved it. With gorgeous, incantatory prose, it submerges you in a mysterious and utterly compelling world. Its illumination lingers long after you close the book." - Madeline Miller

"Brilliant. It's visceral and savage, but the savagery always comes with a light touch ... The stories all have a beautiful fairytale quality that makes them look like they were spun out of one of Neverness's half-magic mists. It's a gorgeous, uneasy siren of a book." - Natasha Pulley


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Hardback Editions

February 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: Folk
Author(s): Zoe Gilbert
ISBN: 1-4088-8439-9 / 978-1-4088-8439-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

February 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Folk
Author(s): Zoe Gilbert
ISBN: 1-4088-8431-3 / 978-1-4088-8431-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
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February 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Folk
Author(s): Zoe Gilbert
ISBN: 1-4088-8438-0 / 978-1-4088-8438-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

September 2018 : Australia Audio CD
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Title: Folk
Author(s): Zoe Gilbert
ISBN: 1-4894-5995-2 / 978-1-4894-5995-4 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Bolinda/Audible audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


September 2018 : Australia Audio CD
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Title: Folk
Author(s): Zoe Gilbert
ISBN: 1-4894-5996-0 / 978-1-4894-5996-1 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Bolinda/Audible audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


February 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Folk
Author(s): Zoe Gilbert
Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury
Availability: Amazon   


February 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Folk
Author(s): Zoe Gilbert
Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury
Availability: Amazon AU   


February 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Folk
Author(s): Zoe Gilbert
Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

February 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Folk
Author(s): Zoe Gilbert
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU