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The Arrival of Missives

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Summoning the spirits of D.H. Lawrence and H.E. Bates and channelling the ancient pagan practices of eerie rural England to go somewhere utterly unexpected, The Arrival of Missives, is beguiling, brilliant and odd. Not since Alan Garner have such expansive themes been so keenly tied to place and so evocatively explored.


Benjamin Myers, author of Beastings, Pig Iron, and The Gallows Pole




Stark, poetic, forthright and live with the numinous. One of the most original and haunting stories I have read in recent years.


Nina Allan, author of The Race and The Rift.




From Aliya Whiteley, author of the critically-acclaimed The Beauty, comes a genre-defying story of fate, free-will and the choices we make in life.




In the aftermath of the Great War, Shirley Fearn dreams of challenging the conventions of rural England, where life is as predictable as the changing of the seasons.




The scarred veteran Mr. Tiller, left disfigured by an impossible accident on the battlefields of France, brings with him a message: part prophecy, part warning. Will it prevent her mastering her own destiny?




As the village prepares for the annual May Day celebrations, where a new queen will be crowned and the future will be reborn again, Shirley must choose: change or renewal?




The Arrival of Missives is a unique work, deftly marrying literary and genre influences. It heralds the arrival of a major new voice in speculative fiction.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 11mm | 154g
  • Unsung Stories
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1907389377
  • 9781907389375
  • 488,191

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'Thanks to the poetic simplicity of Whiteley's prose, it is more intimate and more thematically textured than many novels four times that length... an intriguing "what if?" of a tale, one that keeps us transfixed and wondering right up to the final pages and with an ending that won't easily be forgotten.' -- Starburst Magazine 'Summoning the spirits of D.H. Lawrence and H.E. Bates and channelling the ancient pagan practices of eerie rural England to go somewhere utterly unexpected, The Arrival Of Missives is beguiling, brilliant and odd. Not since Alan Garner have such expansive themes been so keenly tied to place and so evocatively explored.' -- Benjamin Myers, author of Beastings 'Stark, poetic, forthright and live with the numinous. One of the most original and haunting stories I have read in recent years.' -- Nina Allan
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About Aliya Whiteley

Aliya Whiteley was born in Devon in 1974, and currently lives in Sussex with her husband, daughter and dog. She is the author of the novella The Beauty, published by Unsung Stories, the novels Skein Island and Light Reading, and the short story collection Witchcraft in the Harem.




She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize twice, and won the Drabblecast People's Choice Award in 2007. The Beauty, was shortlisted for a Shirley Jackson Award and a Sabotage Award, and appeared on the Honors List for the James Tiptree Jr Award.
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Rating details

369 ratings
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4 45% (167)
3 22% (81)
2 7% (27)
1 1% (5)
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