• "A novel that pierces the heart of evil... Consume it at night. Turn out the lights and watch the walls glow"

  • "Baffling, haunting, terrifying, moving, and compulsively readable"

    Daily Telegraph
  • "In the end we are left with the resonance of a book whose centre is nowhere but whose circumference is extraordinarily large"

    Financial Times
  • "Nobody does eerie quite like John Burnside... exquisite and haunting..... the violence in Glister is shot through with an awful grace...As with all of Burnside's work - poetry, novels and memoir - there is a vision of something inexplicable at the heart of things. I doubt I will read a more unsettling and memorable book this year"

    Scotland on Sunday
  • "Darkly compelling murder mystery., the novel is also a densely layered engagement with questions of politics, spirituality, environmentalism and meta fiction. It is an incredible book; its echoes sound long after the end has been reached"

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