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Cuddy: Winner of the 2023 Goldsmiths Prize

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Myers’ short story ‘The Folk Song Singer’ was awarded the Tom-Gallon Prize in 2014 by the Society Of Authors and published by Galley Beggar Press. My admiration of Benjamin Myers' work is well known, and I think with Cuddy- because it is extremely experimental in style and approach- he has positioned himself more than ever before to be in the running for a longlist nomination on this year's Booker Prize. So much so that in one short section that is presented to us as a play, the cathedral has a speaking part.

Cuthbert was first buried on Lindisfarne, an island off the Northumbrian coast and scene of the first Viking raid on England. Cuthbert and his influence on the Christian faith over the last 1400 years, this is a deeply philosophical novel. It is not until 2013, when a new café is being constructed, that their mass grave will be discovered.If all of this sounds too heady or terribly uninteresting, there is good news: The five narratives which contribute to the book's overarching story are excellent. There are many interesting motifs that repeat across the different stories: an owl eyed youth, a provider of sustenance, a visionary, a bad monk, and a violent man, and quite possibly more that I didn't notice. Just enough detail has been changed in real life locations that it annoys me, unable to tell if the author has done it deliberately or just didn't get it right in the first place. and from Cuthbert's history, dressed up in fictional packaging that was sometimes very beautiful and sometimes dismayingly forced.

Highly recommended for historical fiction fans, those who love Myers' work or simply readers who love a great story.But, they are of course linked by a shared sense of place and a history which ultimately binds them together, if not as seamlessly as one might expect. The stories we tell one another are all that shall remain when time dies and even the strongest sculpted stones crumple to sand. Perhaps Saint Cuthbert spoke to Benjamin Myers while he was writing this because it feels inspired, showcasing all of its author’s talents without feeling contrived or gimmicky. The style of each book differs greatly (the first book is written in verse, there's an interlude written as a script for a play, the third book is a diary, the fourth is in lyrical prose), but somehow the novel remains cohesive, probably because the presence of St.

After having adjusted to the wild prose poem of the first section, and then enjoying the lyrical medieval romp of the second section, I was disappointed that the remaining sections grew increasingly conventional with more occasional bursts of beauty. But the final section of the novel, though somewhat bleak, tells the story of modern Britain with its zero hour contracts and poor nutrition for those struggling to survive. There is always an owl-eyed youth, a provider of victuals and seer of visions, a bad monk and a violent man, their prominence ebbing and flowing from story to story. Myers explores several topics, many of them quite obvious: the difference between faith and religion, the cost of true devotion, and the interplay between Art and Science.It is poetry and prose, fact and fiction, passionate and discursive: a dash through over a thousand years of history.

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