The Mating Habits of Stags

The Mating Habits of Stags

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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. 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? As beauty and tenderness blend with violence, this story transports us to a different world, subtly exploring love and loss in a language that both bruises and heals.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 14mm | 190g
  • Lightning Books
  • Much Wenlock, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1785631381
  • 9781785631382
  • 955,776

Review quote

'It's a one-off. What makes it so special is Robinson's descriptions of nature. Poetic and beautifully brutal - no "hello, trees" mimsy. The dialogue is no-nonsense Yorkshire demotic. A heady mix' - Robbie Millen, The Times; 'A wonderfully empathetic account...full of candour, lyricism and compassion' - The Spectator; `Rich, compelling stuff' - Metro; 'This extraordinary novel gets under the skin from the first paragraph. Robinson never goes for the trite or the neat. Hope and humanity emerge against the odds in a bittersweet and starkly beautiful tale that lingers long in the memory' - Yorkshire Post; 'This is a whydunnit, a lyrical mix of nature notes, traditional song and tragic narrative, peopled with compelling characters' - Saga Magazine; 'Ray Robinson's novel of revenge and counter-revenge, of reconciliation, and of love and growth in the thawing of an iron landscape, is a masterwork of unforgiving beauty' - Yorkshire Times
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About Ray Robinson

Ray Robinson's debut novel, Electricity, was shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award. The screen adaptation won Best Screenplay at the National Film Awards. The Mating Habits of Stags is based on a short film he wrote called Edith, starring Peter Mullan and Michelle Fairley.
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116 ratings
3.91 out of 5 stars
5 25% (29)
4 46% (53)
3 25% (29)
2 4% (5)
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