The lyrical new novel from the award-winning author of Electricity and Forgetting Zoë.
Midwinter. As former farmhand Jake, a widower in his seventies, wanders the beautiful, austere moors of North Yorkshire trying to evade capture, we learn of the events of his past: the wife he loved and lost, their child he knows cannot be his, and the deep-seated need for revenge that manifests itself in a moment of violence.
On the coast, Jake’s friend, Sheila, receives the devastating news of his crime. The aftermath of Jake’s actions, and what it brings to the surface, will change her life forever. But how will she react when he turns up at her door?
The Mating Habits of Stags is a journey through a life of guilt and things unsaid – and as beauty and tenderness blend with violence, Robinson transports us to a different world, subtly exploring love and loss in a language that both bruises and heals.
Praise for Ray Robinson's novels:
'A breathtaking assault on the senses' GUARDIAN
'Mesmerising, uplifting and unexpectedly tender' JIM CRACE
'Savage, funny and rather uncomfortably haunting' THE TIMES
'He's using language like thick oil paint; you read and are inside the world being described' TIM PEARS