The Mating Habits of Stags

The Mating Habits of Stags

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Former farmhand Jake, now a widower in his seventies, goes on the run in the Yorkshire Dales after committing a crime.

As he travels the countryside trying to avoid capture, we learn of the events of his past: the wife he loved and lost, their child that he knows cannot be his, and the deep-seated need for revenge that manifests itself in a moment of violence.

The Mating Habits of Stags reveals afresh the lyrical prose and mastery of character that distinguish Ray Robinson's fiction.

An early version of the story was released in 2016 as the short film Edith, starring Peter Mullan and Michelle Fairley, which was Bafta-longlisted for Best British Short Film.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 22mm | 350g
  • Lightning Books
  • Much Wenlock, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1785631519
  • 9781785631511
  • 1,678,716

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, starring Agyness Deyn, won Best Screenplay at the National Film Awards. His other novels are The Man Without, Forgetting Zoe (a winner of the inaugural Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize) and Jawbone Lake.
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116 ratings
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4 46% (53)
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