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Ghost Wall

(2018)
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A Southern Living Best New Book of Winter 2019; A Refinery29 Best Book of January 2019; A Most Anticipated Book of 2019 at The Week, Huffington Post, Nylon, and Lit Hub; An Indie Next Pick for January 2019

"Ghost Wall has subtlety, wit, and the force of a rock to the head: an instant classic."
- Emma Donoghue, author of Room

"A worthy match for 3 a.m. disquiet, a book that evoked existential dread, but contained it, beautifully, like a shipwreck in a bottle."
- Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker

A taut, gripping tale of a young woman and an Iron Age reenactment trip that unearths frightening behavior

The light blinds you; there's a lot you miss by gathering at the fireside.

In the north of England, far from the intrusions of cities but not far from civilization, Silvie and her family are living as if they are ancient Britons, surviving by the tools and knowledge of the Iron Age.

For two weeks, the length of her father's vacation, they join an anthropology course set to reenact life in simpler times. They are surrounded by forests of birch and rowan; they make stew from foraged roots and hunted rabbit. The students are fulfilling their coursework; Silvie's father is fulfilling his lifelong obsession. He has raised her on stories of early man, taken her to witness rare artifacts, recounted time and again their rituals and beliefs - particularly their sacrifices to the bog. Mixing with the students, Silvie begins to see, hear, and imagine another kind of life, one that might include going to university, traveling beyond England, choosing her own clothes and food, speaking her mind.

The ancient Britons built ghost walls to ward off enemy invaders, rude barricades of stakes topped with ancestral skulls. When the group builds one of their own, they find a spiritual connection to the past. What comes next but human sacrifice?

A story at once mythic and strikingly timely, Sarah Moss's Ghost Wall urges us to wonder how far we have come from the "primitive minds" of our ancestors.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"This book ratcheted the breath out of me so skilfully, that as soon as I'd finished, the only thing I wanted was to read it again." - Jessie Burton

"I love this book. Ghost Wall require you to put your life on hold while you finish it." - Maggie O'Farrell


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January 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: Ghost Wall: A Novel
Author(s): Sarah Moss
ISBN: 0-374-16192-5 / 978-0-374-16192-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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September 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: Ghost Wall
Author(s): Sarah Moss
ISBN: 1-78378-445-8 / 978-1-78378-445-5 (UK edition)
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ISBN: 1-78378-532-2 / 978-1-78378-532-2 (UK edition)
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December 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Ghost Wall
Author(s): Sarah Moss
ISBN: 1-250-23495-6 / 978-1-250-23495-7 (USA edition)
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June 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Ghost Wall
Author(s): Sarah Moss
ISBN: 1-78378-446-6 / 978-1-78378-446-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Granta Books
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January 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Ghost Wall: A Novel
Author(s): Sarah Moss
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January 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Ghost Wall: A Novel
Author(s): Sarah Moss
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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January 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Ghost Wall: A Novel
Author(s): Sarah Moss
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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September 2018 : Australia Audio CD
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Title: Ghost Wall
Author(s): Sarah Moss
ISBN: 1-4894-6026-8 / 978-1-4894-6026-4 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Bolinda audio
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September 2018 : Australia Audio CD
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Title: Ghost Wall
Author(s): Sarah Moss
ISBN: 1-4894-6027-6 / 978-1-4894-6027-1 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Bolinda audio
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September 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Ghost Wall
Author(s): Sarah Moss
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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September 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Ghost Wall
Author(s): Sarah Moss
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
Availability: Amazon AU   


September 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Ghost Wall
Author(s): Sarah Moss
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

January 2019 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Ghost Wall: A Novel
Author(s): Sarah Moss
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


September 2018 : Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Ghost Wall
Author(s): Sarah Moss
Publisher: Granta Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU