Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss audiobook

Ghost Wall: A Novel

By Sarah Moss
Read by Christine Hewitt

Macmillan Audio
3.81 Hours 1
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    ISBN: 9781250204806

**Winner of a 2020 Listen List: Outstanding Audiobook Narration award**Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award** A taut, gripping tale of a young woman and an Iron Age reenactment trip that unearths frightening behavior. The light blinds you; there’s a lot you miss by gathering at the fireside. In the north of England, far from the intrusions of cities but not far from civilization, Silvie and her family are living as if they are ancient Britons, surviving by the tools and knowledge of the Iron Age. For two weeks, the length of her father’s vacation, they join an anthropology course set to reenact life in simpler times. They are surrounded by forests of birch and rowan; they make stew from foraged roots and hunted rabbit. The students are fulfilling their coursework; Silvie’s father is fulfilling his lifelong obsession. He has raised her on stories of early man, taken her to witness rare artifacts, recounted time and again their rituals and beliefs—particularly their sacrifices to the bog. Mixing with the students, Silvie begins to see, hear, and imagine another kind of life, one that might include going to university, traveling beyond England, choosing her own clothes and food, speaking her mind. The ancient Britons built ghost walls to ward off enemy invaders, rude barricades of stakes topped with ancestral skulls. When the group builds one of their own, they find a spiritual connection to the past. What comes next but human sacrifice? A story at once mythic and strikingly timely, Sarah Moss’s Ghost Wall urges us to wonder how far we have come from the “primitive minds” of our ancestors. Praise for Ghost Wall: "Narrator Christine Hewitt's insightful characterizations bring greater depth to Moss's nuanced and gripping novel... She's especially effective as Sylvie, whose internal dialogue is biting but whose spoken interactions are colored by fear of her father." — AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award winner “I have never read a novel this slender that holds inside it quite so much. Wild, calm, dark yet hopeful, a girl with a smart-mouth narrates her own difficult history as well as that of Britain...This book ratcheted the breath out of me so skillfully that as soon as I’d finished, the only thing I wanted was to read it again.” — Jessie Burton, author of The Miniaturist “I stayed up half the night gulping down Sarah Moss’s slim, unnervingly tense novel. Ghost Wall has subtlety, wit, and the force of a rock to the head: an instant classic.” — Emma Donoghue, author of Room

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Summary

Summary

Longlisted for the 2019 Women's Prize for Fiction

An Elle Magazine Pick of Best Books of the Year

A #1 Amazon.com bestseller in LGBTQ Coming-of-Age Fiction

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A Southern Living Magazine Pick of Best New Books for Winter

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week

A Refinery29 Pick of the Month

An Indie Next List selection

Among longlisted titles for Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, 2019

Among longlisted titles for The Times Literary Supplement Books of the Year, 2019

Among longlisted titles for NYPL Book for Reading and Sharing, 2019

Among longlisted titles for Hudson Booksellers Best of the Year, 2019

Among longlisted titles for The Guardian (UK) Best Books of the Year, 2019

Among longlisted titles for Financial Times Books of the Year, 2018

Among longlisted titles for The Times Literary Supplement Books of the Year, 2018

Among longlisted titles for The Guardian (UK) Best Books of the Year, 2018

**Winner of a 2020 Listen List: Outstanding Audiobook Narration award**Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award**

A taut, gripping tale of a young woman and an Iron Age reenactment trip that unearths frightening behavior.

The light blinds you; there’s a lot you miss by gathering at the fireside.

In the north of England, far from the intrusions of cities but not far from civilization, Silvie and her family are living as if they are ancient Britons, surviving by the tools and knowledge of the Iron Age.

For two weeks, the length of her father’s vacation, they join an anthropology course set to reenact life in simpler times. They are surrounded by forests of birch and rowan; they make stew from foraged roots and hunted rabbit. The students are fulfilling their coursework; Silvie’s father is fulfilling his lifelong obsession. He has raised her on stories of early man, taken her to witness rare artifacts, recounted time and again their rituals and beliefs—particularly their sacrifices to the bog. Mixing with the students, Silvie begins to see, hear, and imagine another kind of life, one that might include going to university, traveling beyond England, choosing her own clothes and food, speaking her mind.

The ancient Britons built ghost walls to ward off enemy invaders, rude barricades of stakes topped with ancestral skulls. When the group builds one of their own, they find a spiritual connection to the past. What comes next but human sacrifice?

A story at once mythic and strikingly timely, Sarah Moss’s Ghost Wall urges us to wonder how far we have come from the “primitive minds” of our ancestors.

Praise for Ghost Wall:

"Narrator Christine Hewitt's insightful characterizations bring greater depth to Moss's nuanced and gripping novel... She's especially effective as Sylvie, whose internal dialogue is biting but whose spoken interactions are colored by fear of her father." — AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award winner

“I have never read a novel this slender that holds inside it quite so much. Wild, calm, dark yet hopeful, a girl with a smart-mouth narrates her own difficult history as well as that of Britain...This book ratcheted the breath out of me so skillfully that as soon as I’d finished, the only thing I wanted was to read it again.” — Jessie Burton, author of The Miniaturist

“I stayed up half the night gulping down Sarah Moss’s slim, unnervingly tense novel. Ghost Wall has subtlety, wit, and the force of a rock to the head: an instant classic.” — Emma Donoghue, author of Room

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Narrator Christine Hewitt's insightful characterizations bring greater depth to Moss's nuanced and gripping novel. AudioFile, Earphones Award Winner
“[A] fine-honed, piercing novel.” Wall Street Journal
“A worthy match for 3 a.m. disquiet, a book that evoked existential dread, but contained it, beautifully, like a shipwreck in a bottle.” New Yorker
“This compact, riveting novel…asks us to question our complicity in violence, particularly against women.” New York Times Book Review
“Exquisite…The book works subcutaneously, building towards an ending that is all the more horrifying for its unexpectedness.” Financial Times (London)
“Tense, poetic, and compelling.” Toronto Star (Canada)
“Isn’t merely a timely topical novel but rather a timeless work of art.” Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Narrator Christine Hewitt’s insightful characterizations bring greater depth to Moss’ nuanced and gripping novel…Hewitt effectively uses accents to highlight class differences, the family’s soft Yorkshire accents contrasting with the clipped, posher tones of the students and professor. She’s especially effective as Sylvie, whose internal dialogue is biting but whose spoken interactions are colored by fear of her father. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile

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Reviews

Author

Author Bio: Sarah Moss

Author Bio: Sarah Moss

Sarah Moss, author of a memoir and several acclaimed novels, was educated at Oxford University and is a professor of creative writing at the University of Warwick. Her books include the novels Cold Earth, Night Waking, Bodies of Light, and Signs for Lost Children and the memoir Names for the Sea: Strangers in Iceland.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 3.81
Audience: Adult
Language: English