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Demon Copperhead (Hardback)

Barbara Kingsolver

This instant classic is a masterpiece in storytelling from one of the worlds best-loved novelists. A once-in-a-generation novel it breaks and mends your heart in the way only the BEST fiction can.

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A masterpiece in storytelling from the global bestselling author of Unsheltered and Flight Behaviour.

‘Book of the Month’ Women and Home

‘It’s EPIC. Righteously angry, DEEPLY moving, wholly immersive, totally convincing and exquisitely written.’ MARIAN KEYES

‘A fantastic read.’ EMILY MAITLIS

‘A powerful tale.’Good Housekeeing

Demon Copperhead is a once-in-a-generation novel that breaks and mends your heart in the way only the best fiction can.

Demon’s story begins with his traumatic birth to a single mother in a single-wide trailer, looking ‘like a little blue prizefighter.’ For the life ahead of him he would need all of that fighting spirit, along with buckets of charm, a quick wit, and some unexpected talents, legal and otherwise.

In the southern Appalachian Mountains of Virginia, poverty isn’t an idea, it’s as natural as the grass grows. For a generation growing up in this world, at the heart of the modern opioid crisis, addiction isn’t an abstraction, it’s neighbours, parents, and friends. ‘Family’ could mean love, or reluctant foster care. For Demon, born on the wrong side of luck, the affection and safety he craves is as remote as the ocean he dreams of seeing one day. The wonder is in how far he’s willing to travel to try and get there.

Suffused with truth, anger and compassion, Demon Copperhead is an epic tale of love, loss and everything in between.

Critic Reviews

Reinventing Charles Dickens' David Copperfield . . . this polemical epic held me spellbound with its wisecracking Holden Caulfield-esque narration, its lyrical evocation of place, its humour, heart, pain and redemption. Unmissable.

The Bookseller, Book of the Month
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'It's EPIC. Righteously angry, DEEPLY moving, wholly immersive, totally convincing and exquisitely written. She is so GIFTED.'

Marian Keyes
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‘A fantastic read. Beautifully written, harrowing, uplifting, a wonderful, meaty, Dickensian book - with a protagonist you want to love like a child.’

Emily Maitlis
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I am a long-time fan of Barbara Kingsolver's writing but I was really blown away by Demon Copperhead - without a doubt the best book I'll read this year. And next year too, probably.

Kate Atkinson
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'What an astonishing and enduring talent.'

Jo Browning Wroe
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‘An angry, powerful book seething with love and outrage for a community too often stereotyped or ignored.’

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What readers are saying
***** ‘An amazing, beautifully written story I cannot wait to recommend to everyone I know.’
***** ‘Powerful and brilliant. To immerse yourself in a Kingsolver novel is to put yourself in the hands of a master.’
***** ‘A must read and heart-opening book.’
***** ‘Raw, angry, starkly beautiful. . . Genuinely one of the best books I’ve ever read.’
***** ‘Amazingly complex. . . [Kingsolver] is, by far, one of the greatest living authors’

Barbara Kingsolver is the global prize-winning and bestselling author of novels including Unsheltered, Flight Behaviour, The Lacuna, The Poisonwood Bible and Demon Copperhead, as well as books of poetry, essays and creative non-fiction. Her work of narrative non-fiction is the influential bestseller Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life. Kingsolver’s work has been translated into more than thirty languages…

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