'A work of extraordinary ambition, brilliantly realised' OBSERVER. 'A mesmerising journey down the byways of English folklore' MAIL ON SUNDAY. 'Verbally dextrous, inventive, and hugely entertaining' THE TIMES. Herne the hunter, mischief-maker, spirit of the forest, leader of the wild hunt, hurtles through the centuries pursued by his creator. A shapeshifter, Herne dons many guises as he slips and ripples through time – at candlelit Twelfth Night revels, at the spectacular burning of the Crystal Palace, at an acid-laced Sixties party. Wherever he goes, transgression, debauch and enchantment always follow in his wake. But as the forest is increasingly encroached upon by urban sprawl and gentrification...
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing; 1st edition (March 17, 2022) Pages: 389 pages ISBN-10: 1526628805 ISBN-13: 978-1526628800 ASIN: B09BF6MT9K
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Zoe Gilbert is a fiction writer based on the coast of Kent, UK. She is the author of two novels: Folk (Bloomsbury, 2018), which was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize and adapted for BBC Radio; and Mischief Acts (Bloomsbury, 2022). She is also the co-editor with Lily Dunn of the recovery anthology, A Wild and Precious Life (Unbound, 2021). Her short stories have been published in anthologies and journals around the world, and have won prizes including the Costa Short Story Award 2014. She teaches creative writing at London Lit Lab and is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the University of Suffolk English department. Her fiction is inspired by folklore, myth, nature, local landscapes and the history of ideas. She is currently working on her third novel.