Twins Anna and Adam live in an abandoned commune in a volatile landscape where they prepare for the world-ending event they believe is imminent. Adam keeps watch by day, Anna by night. They meet at dawn and dusk.
Their only companion is Koan, the commune's former leader, who still exerts a malignant control over their daily rituals. But when one of the previous inhabitants returns, everything Anna and Adam thought they knew to be true is thrown into question.
Dazzling, unsettling and incredibly moving, Redder Days is a stunning exploration of the consequences of corrupted power, the emotional impact of abandonment, and the endurance of humanity in the most desperate of situations.
A tangled, gnarled, wonderfully original, strange, beautiful beast of a book. I will be reading everything Rainsford ever writes
Rainsford writes beautifully with a lyrical, earthy prose which is evocative and eviscerating yet mesmerising
A wildly imaginative exploration of desire, fear and what it means to be a person . . . Beautiful and terrifying
Enthralling . . . Lyrical, dark and detailed, the story twists like a root, bent in one way by desire, in another by fate
Impressive . . . Rainsford is a writer to watch