Cuddy: Winner of the 2023 Goldsmiths Prize

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Cuddy: Winner of the 2023 Goldsmiths Prize

Cuddy: Winner of the 2023 Goldsmiths Prize

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We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. My expectations were only met piecemeal, more consistently in the first half than in the second half. Just enough detail has been changed in real life locations that it annoys me, unable to tell if the author has done it deliberately or just didn't get it right in the first place. The writing was gorgeous, the characters were so well written and everything about this book was spellbinding. The first section is perhaps the most innovative, with prose poetry mixed with a story told from attributed quotes from various sources, ancient and modern, on which Ben Myers has drawn.

These are some of the most inventive pages, in prose and poetry, in fonts that decrease in size, and in direct quotes from historians who strive to interpret the past.Although the later sections (a second-person account of the construction of Durham Cathedral, a Murder in the Cathedral-type play set in the 1650s, the excavation of his remains in the 1820s, a young man and potential descendant in 2019 Durham named Michael Cuthbert) feel pretty pretentious and less than essential, it's neat that a similar female character (Edith or Edie in later sections) recurs. It was particularly satisfying that the main POV character is a female disciple named Ediva, a foundling who had visions, including of the church where Cuthbert would finally be buried after centuries of nomadism. He is an award-winning author and journalist whose recent novel Cuddy (2023) won the Goldsmiths Prize. The AD1827 section felt a bit weaker to me as I read it and I started to think the book might lose a star.

The triumphant new novel from the Walter Scott Prize-winning author of The Gallows Pole and The Offing. Once again Ben Myers has built another time machine in words and I thoroughly enjoyed being humped around early medieval northern England alongside St Cuthbert's holy corpse via centuries of fisticuffs and up Durham Cathedrals tower to a sensitive take on issues of our own time. As a journalist he has written about the arts and nature for publications including New Statesman, The Guardian, The Spectator, NME, Mojo, Time Out, New Scientist, Caught By The River, The Morning Star, Vice, The Quietus, Melody Maker and numerous others.

I've read several of Benjamin Myres books and haven't been able to put them down, but not this one, not for me, I'm afraid. Which sounds strange when you realise that the book starts on a small island near Lindisfarne with Cuthbert’s death (AD687). There is always an owl-eyed youth, a provider of victuals and seer of visions, a bad monk and a violent man, their prominence ebbing and flowing from story to story. I’ve been reading his novels over the past few years and there’s something different, from the tender relationship in The Offing , the working class narrative of Pig Iron and medieval coin counterfeiters of The Gallows Pole. The middle two parts less so though I did enjoy Myers's take on the 19th century epistolary style (well, diary, not letters).



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