North Woods

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Author: Daniel Mason

Category: Fiction & related items

Book Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: John Murray

ISBN: 9781399809306

RRP: $22.99


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‘Epic . . . weaves a Cloud Atlas-style narrative of humanity under pressure and nature under threat’ Guardian, BOOKS OF THE YEAR

‘A little piece of magic’ Sunday Independent, BOOKS OF THE YEAR

‘Enthralling . . . A timely musing on what and who are lost to history’ The Economist, BOOKS OF THE YEAR

‘Truly outstanding’ Mail on Sunday

‘Mason teases out the joy and meaning in the sometimes small lives of his characters. North Woods has been heaped with praise and hype, and deservedly so. This is a book that treats life as a miracle and demands the proper awe from its readers Antonia Senior, The Times

‘This is a time-spanning, genre-blurring work of storytelling magic . . . The only constants are the land and Mason’s genius’ Washington Post

‘Daniel Mason’s latest novel is one of those rare books that truly deserves the description “spellbinding” ‘ Observer

‘A tapestry at once intimate and epic’ TLS

‘Extraordinary characters . . . a tour de force’ Independent, Best Books for Autumn


A young Puritan couple on the run. An English soldier with a fantastic vision. Inseparable twin sisters. A lovelorn painter and a lusty beetle. A desperate mother and her haunted son. A ruthless con man and a stalking panther. Buried secrets. Madness, dreams and hope.

All are connected. The dark, raucous, beautiful past is very much alive.

Exhilarating, daring and playful, NORTH WOODS will change the way you see the world.

‘A monumental achievement’ Maggie O’Farrell

‘Ambitious, alive, and lush with generosity . . . an immersive sprint through time’ Tess Gunty

North Woods is a monumental achievement of polyphony and humanity. Relating the narrative of an entire country via a single plot of land, it sweeps the reader through hundreds of years and an array of protagonists with a deft, heartbreaking, idiosyncratic zeal. I loved it

North Woods is a sui generis work of pure brilliance, an epic written with a miniaturist’s precision. Daniel Mason has unearthed, in the centuries-spanning history of a single New England home, a universal story of loss and reclamation. This is the best book I’ve read in ages

Ambitious, alive, and lush with generosity, North Woods is an immersive sprint through time. It offers an inventive portrait of the individual and the collective, a vivid history of a cabin and a country, inhabiting each of its characters with a compassion that took my breath away. I emerged from this book as though from an enchanted forest, covered in leaves and changed by what I had seen there. Electrifying

Virtuosic, astonishing, gorgeously vivid – Bookseller

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