The Costa prize-winning poet and novelist is back with a remarkable novel about love grief, and the power of unlikely friendships
John Burnside is amongst the most acclaimed writers of his generation. His novels, short stories, poetry and memoirs have won numerous awards, including the Geoffrey Faber Memorial prize, the Whitbread Poetry Award, the Encore Award and the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year. In 2011, Black Cat Bone won both the Forward and the T.S. Eliot Prizes for poetry. A judge for the Booker prize in 2015, he is a professor in the School of English at Saint Andrews University.
What does it mean to live with integrity in the United States of
America? That is the question haunting John Burnside's new novel...
The way that Burnside layers these stories is masterful, and
becomes a meditation on storytelling itself. -- Duncan White *
Daily Telegraph *
A book of wintry landscapes, family secrets and alcoholism, but it's also a paean to the art of listening well that is especially welcome after the last 12 months of stridency...Burnside, who is also an accomplished poet, writes lyrical rose with virtuoso ease...Ashland & Vine is built on the trust that evolves between talker and listener; the movement of a mind trapped in its own uncertainties and a series of tableaux which build to a strange and stirring kind of redemption. -- Marcel Theroux * Guardian *
This is a novel that will no doubt be catching the eyes of judges of major prizes in 2017. * Big Issue, 2017 Books of the Year *
Ashland and Vine is a great book... It proceeds with such loping grandeur and is so tight-lipped about its themes that it takes a while for the realization to dawn that it is nothing short of an American epic. That, however, is what Burnside has written: a drifty, dreamy, dramatic epic. -- James Marriott * The Times *
Ashland & Vine proposes solace and joy in intergenerational friendship, and an optimism in what can be accomplished through talking and listening. -- Thomas Marks * Literary Review *