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The Slowworm's Song

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Audiobook Downloadable / ISBN-13: 9781529354225

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By the Costa Award-winning author of PURE, a profound and tender tale of guilt, a search for atonement and the hard, uncertain work of loving.

An ex-soldier and recovering alcoholic living quietly in Somerset, Stephen Rose has just begun to form a bond with the daughter he barely knows when he receives a summons – to an inquiry into an incident during the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

It is the return of what Stephen hoped he had outdistanced. Above all, to testify would jeopardise the fragile relationship with his daughter. And if he loses her, he loses everything.

Instead, he decides to write her an account of his life; a confession, a defence, a love letter. Also a means of buying time. But time is running out, and the day comes when he must face again what happened in that faraway summer of 1982.

(P) 2022 Hodder & Stoughton Limited


Justine Jordan, Books of the Year, <i>Guardian</i>
Michael Prodger, Books of the Year, <i>New Statesman</i>
The plot grips and surprises. Miller's prose remains poetic and taut with an eye for the telling detail . . . this is fiction - storytelling - at its best
Andy Miller, Spectator
Johanna Thomas-Corr, Observer
Written in prose that comes singing off the page . . . a compelling read and an important literary achievement
Fiona Sampson, New Statesman
Suzi Feay, Financial Times
The pacing of his story is excellent; his style is crisp; his apprehension of pain is arresting; and his ability to show people trembling at the edge of unreason is compelling
Andrew Motion, Guardian