Reviews

  • Compelling reading

    Scotsman
  • A wonderfully disturbing book - chillingly focused and lyrically amoral with moments of remarkable stillness and beauty. A poetic novel in the best and most troubling sense

    A. L. Kennedy
  • Burnside's prose is exquisite and he dissects his themes with delicacy to produce a novel resonant with poetic menace

    Sunday Times
  • An exceptionally sinister book... It is the story of Luke, whose experiments into the nature of human language are recounted with all the beguiling reasonableness of the highly intelligent madman... The horror is tempered and fine-tuned by the exceptional beauty of Burnside's writing... In Luke, Burnside has produced one of the most chilling voices in recent fiction

    Times Literary Supplement
  • My favourite book of the year

    Jen Campbell’s vlog

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