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'Living Nowhere amply confirms his reputation as one of our finest prosestylists' Guardian

Corby, the industrial new town built around a vast steel works, draws many to the fires of its furnaces - in the hope of steady work, a better house, a fresh start. Amongst them are Francis Cameron, from Scotland, and his friend Jan Ruckert, the son of Latvian refugees. Alienated, intelligent and curious, they form a strong and lasting bond: two teenage boys finding their feet in a foreign place. But violence hangs in the Corby air like the ash and the stench from the steel works, and when it comes down it is sudden and lethal - with repercussions that will last a lifetime. Living Nowhere is a story of friendship and loss - a resonant, thrilling book that carries at its core a beautiful and terrible secret.


'Burnside's prose is exquisite'

Sunday Times

'In Living Nowhere, Burnside twins his poetic and storytelling talents as never before to produce a novel full of intrigue, atmosphere and startling imagery-Burnside is fond of the term alchemist; it applies to no one more than himself'

Glasgow Herald

John Burnside is a mighty writer-this is writing to stun the sentence, halt the mind-This is the gaze of John Burnside. The burning gaze of a poet: intense, peculiar, off-kilter and deeply interesting-A mighty achievement

Sunday Herald

The savagery of Burnside's subject matter is finely juxtaposed with the mellifluous and redemptive beauty of his prose. A darkly compelling read

Time Out

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  • Living Nowhere
    John Burnside



    February 15, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    384 pages

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    June 15, 2004


    384 pages

    RRP $19.99

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