A Station on the Path to Somewhere Better by Benjamin Wood audiobook

A Station on the Path to Somewhere Better

By Benjamin Wood
Read by Joshua Higgott

Simon & Schuster Audio UK
9.72 Hours 1
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    ISBN: 9781471176043

The acclaimed author of The Ecliptic, Benjamin Wood writes a novel of exceptional force and beauty about the bond between fathers and sons, about the invention and reconciliation of self – weaving a haunting story of violence and love. For 20 years, Daniel Hardesty has borne the emotional scars of a childhood trauma which he is powerless to undo, which leaves him no peace. One August morning in 1995, the young Daniel and his estranged father Francis – a character of ‘two weathers’, of irresistible charm and roiling self-pity – set out on a road trip to the North that seems to represent a chance to salvage their relationship. But with every passing mile, the layers of Fran’s mendacity and desperation are exposed, pushing him to acts of violence that will define the rest of his son’s life.

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Summary

Summary

Shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger award

The acclaimed author of The Ecliptic, Benjamin Wood writes a novel of exceptional force and beauty about the bond between fathers and sons, about the invention and reconciliation of self – weaving a haunting story of violence and love.

For 20 years, Daniel Hardesty has borne the emotional scars of a childhood trauma which he is powerless to undo, which leaves him no peace.

One August morning in 1995, the young Daniel and his estranged father Francis – a character of ‘two weathers’, of irresistible charm and roiling self-pity – set out on a road trip to the North that seems to represent a chance to salvage their relationship. But with every passing mile, the layers of Fran’s mendacity and desperation are exposed, pushing him to acts of violence that will define the rest of his son’s life.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

'Exhilarating, earthy, cerebral, frank and unflinching . . . A masterfully paced and suspenseful read'
'A rich, intricate and layered work' 
'Haunts the imagination long after the final page' 
'A gorgeous and harrowing work'  Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven, on The Ecliptic
'Full of suspense and beautifully written, superbly imagined and constructed . . . A terrifically gripping and playful book'
'A resounding achievement . . . Rich, beautiful and written by an author of great depth and resource'  Edward Docx on The Ecliptic
 ‘Tenderly dissecting the limits of love between parent and child while wriggling with a rich, thrilling tension, this palpably atmospheric story found its way beneath my skin and now lives there. Tell anyone who’ll listen, Benjamin Wood is one of the best novelists in Britain’ David Whitehouse, author of Mobile Library
‘A shocking account of extreme violence and its complicated after-effects. It is a vivid and unsettling novel filled with surprises and insights’  Ian McGuire, author of The North Water
'A heart-breaking and heart-stopping new novel; a dark Northern noir that moves at breakneck speed but never fails to be tender and vulnerable as well as visceral and terrifying' Andrew McMillan
'A novelist to watch' 
‘Wood takes the passing, shabby details of mundane landscapes and makes them jitter and throb with yearning and menace. A Station on the Path to Somewhere Better is his best work yet - a novel written from the gut, and with a correspondingly visceral power. A superbly unsettling account of trauma and cautious recovery’  Sarah Waters, author of The Paying Guests

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Author Bio: Benjamin Wood

Author Bio: Benjamin Wood

Benjamin Wood is the author of The Bellwether Revivals. A graduate of the MFA creative writing program at the University of British Columbia, Canada, he is now a lecturer in creative writing at Birkbeck, University of London.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 9.72
Audience: Adult
Language: English