Thursday, September 08, 2022

Top ten novels that interrupt time

Ross Raisin was born and brought up on Silsden Moor in West Yorkshire. He is the author of four novels: A Hunger (2022), A Natural (2017), Waterline (2011) and God’s Own Country (2008). His work has won and been shortlisted for over ten literary awards. Raisin won the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year award in 2009, and in 2013 was named on Granta’s once a decade Best of Young British Novelists list. In 2018 he was awarded a Fellowship by the Royal Society of Literature.

At the Guardian Raisin tagged ten novels that "interrupt, fracture or even reverse the order of time." One title on the list:
All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld

A contemporary example of the time-inverted novel. I can’t find my copy of it but I know that the margins are full of very different scribblings, because this is a novel that, for all the cleverness of its construction, is fundamentally a tender and troubling engagement with characters and place. A story. One strand moves forwards, the other strand backwards, the narrative tension strung by our anticipation of finally understanding the connection between the two.
Read about another entry on the list.

All the Birds, Singing is among Jeff Somers's eleven books you should read if you love Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, Hillary Kelly's nine best books with lonely protagonists, Rose Carlyle's seven great thrillers that take readers to faraway places, four books that changed Alison Booth, and Cal Flyn's ten top books about the Australian bush.

My Book, The Movie: All the Birds, Singing.

--Marshal Zeringue