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On leaving school a sixteen-year-old boy goes to live with his uncle on a remote Welsh hill-farm. His aunt has recently committed suicide after losing her livestock in the foot-and-mouth epidemic and his uncle has turned, once again, to the bottle. The boy is an innocent, a spiritual savant; a shaman. In one of his ecstatic trances the boy learns that he has an appointed role in the world, which he must discover for himself. During an episode of brutal and climactic violence, he does exactly that. Runt is a powerful, disturbing and moving novel that reinvigorates the language of fiction and illuminates domestic tragedy with a penetrating epic light.
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'Niall Griffiths is a literary star' - Daily Telegraph

About the Author

Niall Griffiths was born in Liverpool in 1966 and now lives in Wales. He is the author of six novels- Grits, Sheepshagger, Kelly + Victor, Stump, Wreckage, and Runt.

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"The writing leaps off the page...it throws up something so original and striking that it takes up permanent residence in a reader's head" -- Tim Martin * Daily Telegraph * "Runt is a bungee-jump plummet from modern sophistication into something lurking below, where fantasy takes flesh and ancient knowledge prevails" -- Jennie Renton * Sunday Herald * "Runt deserves the hackneyed description 'tour de force' ... it demonstrates Griffiths, a gritty realist, in complete command of the dark despairing gloop that so often smothers human lives" -- Tom Adair * Scotsman * "You would have to go back to Thomas Hardy to find a British writer who evokes a landscape so completely" * Time Out * "Evolutionary psychology meets mythology in this short, strange, savage novel... Niall Griffiths's prose enchants you" * Guardian *

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