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  • Published: 15 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446444924
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 384

Living Nowhere

'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.

  • Pub date: 15 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446444924
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 384

About the Author

John Burnside

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 he became only the second person to win both the Forward and T. S. Eliot Prizes for poetry for the same book, Black Cat Bone. In 2015 he was a judge for the Man Booker Prize. He is a Professor in the School of English at St Andrews University.

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Praise for Living Nowhere

“'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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