Author(s): Paul Kingsnorth
Everyone knows the date of the Battle of Hastings. Far fewer people know what happened next...Set in the three years after the Norman invasion, The Wake tells the story of a fractured band of guerilla fighters who take up arms against the invaders. Carefully hung on the known historical facts about the almost forgotten war of resistance that spread across England in the decade after 1066, it is a story of the brutal shattering of lives, a tale of lost gods and haunted visions, narrated by a man of the Lincolnshire fens bearing witness to the end of his world. Written in what the author describes as 'a shadow tongue' - a version of Old English updated so as to be understandable for the modern reader - The Wake renders the inner life of an Anglo-Saxon man with an accuracy and immediacy rare in historical fiction. To enter Buccmaster's world is to feel powerfully the sheer strangeness of the past.
2014 Goldsmiths Prize short list
2014 Man Booker Prize long list
Paul Kingsnorth is a writer, poet and ecological activist. In 2009, he co- founded the Dark Mountain Project, an international network of writers, artists and thinkers in search of new stories for rapidly-changing times. His book Real England was widely praised as a crucially important study of modern England and was compared to Cobbett, Priestly and Orwell. The Wake is his first novel. He lives in Ulverston, Cumbria