Beast by Paul Kingsnorth is the second book in his Buccmaster Trilogy, which began with the acclaimed ('A resonant, eloquent ballad of English identity, pride and fierce independence. It is a thrilling story. Read it out loud. It is like nothing else.' Mark Rylance) and prize-winning (Booker Prize longlisted, Goldsmiths Prize shortlisted, winner of Gordon Burn Prize) novel, The Wake. Edward Buckmaster is a man alone on a west country moor. What he has left behind we don't yet know, but will discover; what he faces is a battle with himself, the elements, and with something he begins to see on the margins of his vision: some creature that is tracking him, the pursuit of which will become an obsession. This short, shocking, exhilarating novel confirms Paul Kingsnorth as one of the most daring and rewarding English novelists writing in the Modernist tradition of Ted Hughes and William Golding.
Beast plunges you into the world of a man alone in search of enlightenment. He faces an existential battle with himself, the elements, and with a creature that is tracking him, the pursuit of which will become an obsession.
Paul Kingsnorth's debut novel, The Wake, won the 2014 Gordon Burn Prize, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Folio Prize and the Desmond Elliott Prize, and was shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize. He is also the author of two non-fiction books, One No, Many Yeses and Real England, and a poetry collection, Kidland. He co-founded the Dark Mountain Project, a global network of writers, artists and thinkers in search of new stories for a world on the brink.