Granta acquires ‘searing’ novel by Cynan Jones
14.01.13 | Charlotte Williams – THE BOOKSELLER
Executive publisher Philip Gwyn Jones bought world English language rights in it, as well as Jones’ next, unwritten novel, from Euan Thorneycroft of A M Heath, at auction. The book is built on the interlocking fates of a badger-baiter and a disconsolate farmer, and set in a stark rural setting.
Granta will publish in early 2014. Gywn Jones said: “Jones writes of the physiology of grief and the isolation of loss with piercing brilliance, and about the simple rawness of animal existence with a naturalist’s unsentimental eye . . . There is something of Ross Raisin’s millstone-grit plainess about the book. There is not a whiff of the bucolic pastoral or the romanticized sod here.
“The Dig crackles with compressed energy and it swells to fill more space than at first glance it occupies.”