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Glister

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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 knows otherwise. He was involved in the cover-up of one boy's murder, and he believes all the boys have been killed. Though he is seriously compromised, he would still like to find out the killer's identity.

The local children also want to know and, in their fear and frustration, they turn on Rivers, a sad fantasist and suspected paedophile living alone at the edge of the wasteland. Trapped and frightened, one of the boys, Leonard, tries to escape, taking refuge in the poisoned ruins of the old plant; there he finds another boy, who might be the missing Liam and might be a figment of his imagination. With his help, Leonard comes to understand the policeman's involvement, and exacts the necessary revenge - before following Liam into the Glister: possibly a disused chemical weapons facility, possibly a passage to the outer world.

A terrifying exploration of loss and the violence that pools under the surface of the everyday, Glister is an exquisitely written, darkly imagined novel by one of our greatest contemporary writers.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 17mm | 192g
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099507846
  • 9780099507840
  • 300,916

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Review Text

"A novel that pierces the heart of evil... Consume it at night. Turn out the lights and watch the walls glow"
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"A novel that pierces the heart of evil... Consume it at night. Turn out the lights and watch the walls glow" * Scotsman * "Baffling, haunting, terrifying, moving, and compulsively readable" * Daily Telegraph * "In the end we are left with the resonance of a book whose centre is nowhere but whose circumference is extraordinarily large" * Financial Times * "Nobody does eerie quite like John Burnside... exquisite and haunting..... the violence in Glister is shot through with an awful grace...As with all of Burnside's work - poetry, novels and memoir - there is a vision of something inexplicable at the heart of things. I doubt I will read a more unsettling and memorable book this year" * Scotland on Sunday * "Darkly compelling murder mystery., the novel is also a densely layered engagement with questions of politics, spirituality, environmentalism and meta fiction. It is an incredible book; its echoes sound long after the end has been reached" * Big Issue *
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About John Burnside

John Burnside is amongst the most acclaimed writers of his generation. His novels, short stories, poetry and memoirs have won numerous awards, including the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, the Whitbread Poetry Award, the Encore Award and the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year. In 2011 he became only the second person to win both the Forward and T. S. Eliot Prizes for poetry for the same book, Black Cat Bone. In 2015 he was a judge for the Man Booker Prize. He is a Professor in the School of English at St Andrews University.
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Rating details

845 ratings
3.09 out of 5 stars
5 11% (97)
4 25% (214)
3 32% (273)
2 23% (191)
1 8% (70)
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