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The Woodcock

(2021)
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It's 1920s England, and the coastal town of Gravely is finally enjoying a fragile peace after World War I. John Lowell, a naturalist who writes articles on the flora and fauna of the shoreline, and his wife Harriet, lead a simple life, basking in their love for each other and enjoying the company of John's visiting old school friend, David. But when an American whaler arrives in town with his beautiful red-haired daughters, boasting of his plans to build a pier and pleasure-grounds a mile out to sea, unexpected tensions and temptations arise. As secrets multiply, Harriet, John, and David must each ask themselves: what price is to be paid for pleasure?

Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"The world Smyth evokes with his vibrant prose leaps off the page – every character lives and breathes, and beneath its ordinary surface, 1920s Gravely teems with beauty, complexity and mystery." - Jenn Ashworth

"An astonishing piece of literary ventriloquism – Smyth revisits the period novel with a contemporary sensibility and an incredible sense of place." - Owen Booth

"Beautifully written – I could almost taste the salt." - Carys Bray

"A novel of shifting, silted landscapes and relationships laid bare, with quiet urgency The Woodcock reveals the complexities of desire, instinct and faith." - Eley Williams


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Hardback Editions

July 2021 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Woodcock
Author(s): Richard Smyth
ISBN: 1-912054-98-1 / 978-1-912054-98-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fairlight Books
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Paperback Editions

April 2022 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Woodcock
Author(s): Richard Smyth
ISBN: 1-912054-75-2 / 978-1-912054-75-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fairlight Books
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July 2021 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Woodcock
Author(s): Richard Smyth
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July 2021 : Australia Kindle edition
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Title: The Woodcock
Author(s): Richard Smyth
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