Beast plunges you into the world of Edward Buckmaster, a man alone on an empty moor in the west of England. What he has left behind we don’t yet know. What he faces is an existential battle with himself, the elements, and something he begins to see in the margins of his vision: some creature that is tracking him, the pursuit of which will become an obsession.
This short, shocking, and exhilarating novel is a vivid exploration of isolation, courage, and the search for truth that continues the story set 1000 years earlier in Paul Kingsnorth’s bravura debut novel, The Wake. It extends that book’s promise and confirms Kingsnorth as one of our most daring and rewarding contemporary writers.
Here is the Earphone Award winning review from AudioFile Magazine:
Simon Vance has made of this dark, lyrical Kafkaesque novel an utterly riveting listening experience. The narrator, Buckmaster, is living alone on a moor in the west of England. It’s hard to tell if we’re in the past or future; he is untethered, frightened by ferocious weather, and by creatures in the dark that seem to be stalking him. You can’t tell if he’s isolated because he’s deranged, or an outlaw, or because the world order has gone mad or feral, but whatever the case, he is alone and something awful is after him. Or not. For Vance to become that man as he does, in full sympathy, and make the listener see and hear and feel with Buckmaster, is devastating work. A superb production. B.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award, 2018 Audies Finalist © AudioFile 2018