“Sam writes family dynamics with startling clarity and immense psychological accuracy, conveying the perspectives of the characters of a small community as they respond to a shocking event and an imposed isolation. All set in a 24 hour period against the backdrop of a haunting landscape and a village at the end of the world. This book is a must!”
‘Compelling…this is a fable for the times ahead that feels essential’ Irish Times
‘Stunning, insightful, deeply humane prose…Fisher indicts all of us yet still offers hope that we may change the ending of this story’ Olivia Sudjic
A young man is found brutally murdered in the middle of the snowed-in village of Wivenhoe. Over his body stands another man, axe in hand. The gathered villagers must deal with the consequences of an act that no-one tried to stop.
WIVENHOE is a haunting novel set in an alternate present, in a world that is slowly waking up to the fact that it is living through an environmental disaster. Taking place over twenty-four hours and told through the voices of a mother and her adult son, we see how one small community reacts to social breakdown and isolation.
Samuel Fisher imagines a world, not unlike our own, struck down and on the edge of survival. Tense, poignant, and set against a dramatic landscape, WIVENHOE asks the question: if society as we know it is lost, what would we strive to save? At what point will we admit complicity in our own destruction?
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