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  • The Devil's Footprintsby John Burnside

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2009; US$ 14.95

    A novel of mysterious beauty, The Devil's Footprints explores the elemental forces of everyday life: love, fear, grief, and the hope of redemption.Michael Gardiner has lived in Coldhaven all his life yet still feels like an outsider. Married but distant from his wife, he discovers that a school friend, Moira Birnie, has killed herself and her two... more...

  • The Glisterby John Burnside

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2009; US$ 15.95

    Acclaimed author John Burnside delivers a profound, page-turning novel about innocence, evil, morality, and the dark corners of the human psyche.   Mysterious illnesses affect the inhabitants of the post-industrial village of Innertown, and a pervasive sense of malaise hangs everywhere. So when teenage boys disappear into the poisoned woods surrounding... more...

  • All One Breathby John Burnside

    Random House 2014; US$ 13.20

    Shortlisted for the 2014 T.S. Eliot Prize and the Forward Prize for Best Collection In this absorbing, brilliant new collection ? his first since Black Cat Bone ? John Burnside examines our shared experience of this mortal world: how we are ?all one breath? and ? with that breath ? how we must strive towards the harmony of choir .... more...

  • I Put a Spell on Youby John Burnside

    Random House 2014; US$ 22.40

    In this exquisite, haunting book, John Burnside describes his coming of age from the industrial misery of Cowdenbeath and Corby to the new world of Cambridge. This is a memoir of romance ? of lost love and the love of being lost ? darkened by threat, illuminated by glamour. The old Scots word ?glamour? means magical charm, and the first... more...

  • Gift Songsby John Burnside

    Random House 2010; US$ 15.84

    To the Shakers, a good song was a gift; indeed the test of a song's goodness was how much of a gift it was. In their call to 'labour to make the way of God your own', Shaker artists expressed an aesthetic that had much in common with the old Japanese notion, attributed to Hokusai, that to paint bamboo, one had first to become bamboo. ... more...

  • The Hunt in the Forestby John Burnside

    Random House 2010; US$ 15.84

    Taking its title from Uccello's famous painting of a band of men - on foot and on horseback - massing for the chase, John Burnside's new poems take us on a journey out of the light and into the darkness, where we may just as easily lose ourselves as find what we are looking for. In these poems of hunting and predation, Burnside explores... more...

  • Glisterby John Burnside

    Random House 2010; US$ 11.86

    The children of Innertown exist in a state of suspended terror. Every year or so, a boy from their school disappears, vanishing into the wasteland of the old chemical plant. Nobody knows where these boys go, or whether they are alive or dead, and without evidence the authorities claim they are simply runaways. The town policeman, Morrison... more...

  • A Lie About My Fatherby John Burnside

    Random House 2010; US$ 11.86

    A moving, unforgettable memoir of two lost men: a father and his child. He had his final heart attack in the Silver Band Club in Corby, somewhere between the bar and the cigarette machine. A foundling; a fantasist; a morose, threatening drinker who was quick with his hands, he hadn't seen his son for years. John Burnside's extraordinary... more...

  • Dumb Houseby John Burnside

    Random House 2010; US$ 11.86

    In Persian myth, it is said that Akbar the Great once built a palace which he filled with newborn children, attended only by mutes, in order to learn whether language is innate or aquired. As the year passed and the chidren grew into their silent and difficult world, this palace became known as the Gang Mahal, or Dumb House. In his first novel, John... more...

  • Waking Up in Toytownby John Burnside

    Random House 2010; US$ 11.86

    In the early 80s, after a decade of drug abuse and borderline mental illness, John Burnside resolved to escape his addictive personality and find calm in a 'Surbiton of the mind'. But the suburbs are not quite as normal as he had imagined and, as he relapses into chaos, he encounters a homicidal office worker who is obsessed with Alfred Hitchcock... more...