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Into the Trees

Robert Williams

From prize-winning author Robert Williams, a novel about love and fear, family and security, and the search for sanctuary in the middle of chaos.

Format
Hardback
ISBN
9780571308170
Date Published
03.04.2014
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Summary

From prize-winning author Robert Williams, a novel about love and fear, family and security, and the search for sanctuary in the middle of chaos.
Harriet Norton won’t stop crying. Her parents, Ann and Thomas, are being driven close to insanity and only one thing will help. Mysteriously, their infant daughter will only calm when she’s under the ancient trees of Bleasdale forest.
The Nortons sell their town-house and set up home in an isolated barn. Secluded deep in the forest, they are finally approaching peace – until one night a group of men comes through the trees, ready to upend their lives and threaten everything they’ve built.
Into the Trees is the story of four dispossessed people, drawn to the forest in search of something they lack and finding their lives intertwining in ways they could never have imagined. In hugely evocative and lyrical writing, Robert Williams lays bare their emotional lives, set against the intense and mysterious backdrop of the forest. Compelling and haunting, Into the Trees is a magisterial novel.

Critic Reviews

Into the Trees is intensely concerned with the morality of thought and deed without being in any way moralistic ... The pleasures here lie in the skilful characterisation of three men who don't look like anyone's hero.

Sarah Moss, Guardian
Critic Reviews

[T]here's something magnetic about Into the Trees that pulls you firmly into the narrative's embrace and haunts you long after you've turned the final page. A strikingly modern pastoral, it's a novel that hums with mythic resonance, exploring powerful and pertinent themes - how one finds peace amid the chaos of existence, the notion of the rural idyll in today's increasingly urban world, how people set about getting what they want and need in life - grappling near effortlessly with these issues but never losing sight of the believability of its characters or narrative along the way.

Lucy Scholes, The National
Critic Reviews

This novel is a suspenseful tale of great atmosphere, and even greater emotions.

Annabel Gaskell, Shiny New Books
RobertWilliams

Robert Williams grew up in Clitheroe, Lancashire and currently lives in Manchester. His first novel, Luke and Jon, won a Betty Trask Award, was translated into six languages and called ‘a hugely impressive debut’ in the Daily Telegraph. His second novel, How the Trouble Started, was shortlisted for the Portico Prize for Fiction. He has worked in a secondary school…

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